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    [Revolutionary War]. Prisoner of War Nathan Goodwin Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 7.5" x 12", "Fortain prision [Fortune prison] Gosport in old England," June 30, 1779, to William Warren, his father-in-law, for his daughter, Sarah, regarding his confinement in the prison ship Fortune, used for a short time as a hospital, but was converted in the 1720s to house French prisoners and later, during the Revolution, American prisoners. He says, in part: "Sir I am Confind [sic] in the Black hole at this time for Braking [sic] prision [sic] and trying to get out of this Countery [sic]. I broke out February 7...and was taken up about 30 miles...By Soilders [sic] then...I Broke prision [sic] again hopin to make my Escape I got on Board of a ship that was Bound to halifax But was Discovered by a fellow prisioner [sic] tho not a Brother...for that treason I am in the Black hole."

    For food he explains he is given "six Ounce of meet [sic] and six ounce of Bread and one pint of small Beer for 24 hours this is the Usage that we Recive [sic]." The unlucky soul goes on to lament his captivity: "I See no way my trying to get away they have put me Back Upon the Left so that I Expect to Be the Last that is Releast [sic] Sir I am unhappy Like wise unlucky...I am sorrow that I Cant get home I Expect that my family are in want But I hope that god will provid [sic] them I have Undergon [sic] hardships..."

    He pleads to Mr. Warren to help his wife: "I hope that you will take some Notice of your Daughter and hir [sic] Children as they are Not in fault of this my misfortain [sic] It is against my mind and will tho it cant Be helpt [sic] at present for Confinment [sic] is a Killing thing to me So No more at present..."

    Nathan Goodwin survived his captivity and died in December 15, 1831, at Acton, Maine at the ripe old age of 85. Moderate to heavily toned. Weak folds; main vertical fold nearly detached with separation along the horizontal folds with minor loss of paper. Few foxing spots.

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