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    Two Revolutionary War Letters Written after the Battle of Bunker Hill:
    George Noarth ALS, "G. Noarth", two pages, 7.5" x 9.5", Sunbury, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1775. To Lieutenant Edward Burd, Esq. In part,"... last Evening returned from the Woods when a Gentleman put into my hands your martial Epistle of the 18th of this month. I should have complained of the Brevity of it, had not the conclusion conveyed a Hint that Leiutenants [sic] must attend the Beat of Drums and the mustering of Soldiers. Indeed the duties of such an Important Office must ill agree with the pleasures of Friendship and I beleive [sic] you have added to the old legal Maxim and now have it 'inter Arma Silet Amici tia'.... We have this day received news from Fishing Creek that our old friends the Yankeys to the amount of 200 have taken possession of the Lands in that Quarter - I am afraid before the week ends some powder (which might be saved for better purpose) will be expended upon them as the people in General thro' the County are determined to force them to abandon their Settlements, or make them as Hamlet phrases it 'Spirits of Health or Goblin's damn'd'." Revolutionary War Sergeant with the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion, George Noarth rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 1777. Edward Burd, son of James Burd, joined the colonial army in 1776 and was captured at the Battle of Long Island. After the War he became a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The reference in the letter to 200 "Yankeys" taking possession of lands at Fishing Creek indicates how the colonists began to seize powder and munitions from the British outposts following the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, one day before this letter was written. Uniform toning, darker along edges and folds with minor separations thereat, small tear at wax seal, else very good condition.
    Together with a James Burd ALS, "James Burd ", two pages, 6" x 7.5", Tinian, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1775. To Edward Shippen, Esq., Burd's father-in-law. In part, "... I thank you for giving me the perusal of my Mr. G.S.'s letter & I herewith return you the same. I think they will have Reason by & by, for England, to alter their opinion of the Americans, But all the while this Experience will be dearly bought by the Nation - we are constantly longing for news from our Noble army before Boston. We all Join in Duty to you & Mammy & Love to Miss Patty Mr. Yates's Family & Doct Hands & I am Dear Sir, Your affectionate & dutifull Son James Burd". Col. James Burd of the Pennsylvania Militia immigrated to Philadelphia from Scotland in 1747, later marrying Sarah Shippen, daughter of former mayor Edward Shippen. In the years before the Revolutionary War, Burd was instrumental in the construction of roads and fortifications in Pennsylvania and gained the support for the colonial congress in opposing the Crown. After the war he served as a county judge. Uniformly toned, light show-through of ink, hole in center along fold due to sealing wax (slightly affects script), several penciled notations front and verso, penned script strong and clear, fine condition.


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