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    William Henry Harrison Letter Signed "Willm Henry Harrison" with Free Frank Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", Seneca Town, Ohio; August 18, 1813. Addressed to Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky, regarding preparations for the Battle of the Thames. One year into the War of 1812, Brigadier General Harrison was planning an all-out offensive on the British. In order to accomplish his mission, Harrison sent a request to Governor Shelby for 2,000 troops. The letter reads, in part:

    "...I am so well persuaded that the government will approbate the measure of receiving the men whom you may bring with you above the contemplated 2000 that I will not hesitate to say that I will accept them. Every thing is in a fair train for the commencement of operations upon your arrival. Our fleet is not off Sandusky bay. I shall go down to it tomorrow morning and take with 70 men to act as marines. I wish the Comodore to go immediately to Malden and endeavor to bring the enemy to action. Col Bartlet says that you shall have forage - your route from Newport is to be the one by which you can be best supplied - you will be attended from there by the [illegible] Commissary Genl Piatt who will previously have everything provided for your accommodation. I have been much disappointed in the number of regular Troops. However we are daily adding a little to them. The Pennsylvania Regiment of Militia which was stationed at Erie and which was to have joined me here refused to march. The circumstance has determined me to accept your surplusage. I am determined not to have it believed again that I am at the head of an Army when I have only the amount of a Regiment as was the case lately..."

    The letter also has a free frank on the integral address leaf signed "General Harrison Augt 18th 1813."

    Governor Shelby rose to Harrison's call for aid, and sent the 2,000 troops. The Americans were able to gain control of Lake Erie, which allowed them to cross easily into Canada. In early October, Harrison defeated the British and Native American forces on the north bank of the Thames River. The attack was successful in large part due to the mounted Kentucky regiment. During the battle, Shawnee leader Tecumseh was killed, which dissolved much of the Native American resistance.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds with light toning. Soiling at the folds. Paper loss at the center from where the seal was broken. Spine and paper loss have been supported and repaired with archival material.

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