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    [French-American Siege of Newport]. Jeduthan Baldwin Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium with address leaf, 6.75" x 8.25". Camp White Plains, August 9, 1778. A letter to his daughter, in part: " ...I am sorry to hear that your mama is poorly... I hope it will soon go over... White Plains is a hilley country with fine farms, much like Brookfield, only more improved & not so much wood. We have Departers every day from New York that inform of the lightening striking a Brig that lay by the dock in which there was about 400 barrels of Powder, that took fire & blew up. The King's store & 74 horses were also burnt. The report is that 10 Regts. of the British troops are going to the West Indies & the German are going to Halifax. We also hear that four of the English...vessels are burnt at Rhode Island. The troops are shut up & they must be our Prisoners. I think there now is a fair prospect of the War being at an end in America, so that you may begin to look for me at home. I am determined that I will not go into the war out of America. Give my kind love to your Mama. If there was a prospect of our remaining long at this place, I should have a mind to send for her, but our stay here is very uncertain, depends much on the moves of the Enemy however I hope to see you before winter at Brookfield...with the greatest affection your Papa, J. Baldwin."

    Condition: Age toning, uneven in some areas; with a few stray stains of ink. Paper loss where wax seal has been removed, affecting a few words of text at letter closing.


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    Jeduthan Baldwin (1732-1788) was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and later settled in Brookfield. During the French-Indian War, in 1755, he led a company of men on the expeditions to Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga. A true patriot, he served on a committee denouncing the King's taxation on tea in 1773; and in 1774 was a delegate of the provisional congress meeting at Concord and Cambridge. In June 1775, he helped throw up defenses on Bunker Hill and served in the battle; possibly witnessing the mortal wounding of his brother. He became a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts militia and was ordered to Canada in April 1776 as assistant engineer, thereafter, he was appointed colonel of engineers in the Continental Army. In this role he surveyed the lower Lake Champlain region near Fort Ticonderoga in hopes of building new fortifications.

     

    In 1777, he was given command of the newly created corps of artificers under General St. Clair's command. He was present at the battle of Saratoga and witnessed the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne's army. While in the army he associated with many of the army's notables including Israel Putnam, George Washington, Kosciuszko and Horatio Gates. He kept a journal of his military service in the French-Indian War and during the American Revolution. That journal was published in 1906 in the book entitled, The Revolutionary Journal of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin, 1775-1778, by Charles Glass & Co., Bangor, Maine. In the beginning of the twentieth century, his relatives petitioned the government to name a fort after their famous ancestor. As a result, Fort Baldwin in coastal Maine was named in his honor. Lots XXXXX through XXXXX in this auction are letters home with first-hand accounts of the War.



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