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Subject: Rev. War ~ A Letter, 1775 from Benedict Arnold to Capt. Farnsworth
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 11:26:55 EDT
Now I will ask for reader's assistance - to identify which of my Farnsworth
the letter from Benedict Arnold was addressed to.
Yesterday by accident I found at the Maine Historical Society's site -
Memories - a letter from Gen. Benedict Arnold to "Capt. Farnsworth" who
was a supply officer in that war - the letter is as follows - (the original
letter is at
the site together with the transcription of the letter) as follows: Any help
Capt. Farnsworth would be so greatly appreciated! Janice
Transcription of Letter to Capt. Farnsworth -
Gen. Benedict Arnold to Capt Farnsworth
Fort Weston 29 Sept. 1775
Capt. Farnsworth: Sir You will forward on all the Provifsions here as fast as
posable to Fort Halifax, & Such as the Battors (batteaus) cannot carry. Our
Order: stow them, You will have Two or three People left to afsist you, the
Sick you will order on board the broad Bay. Capt. Clarkson to be returned to
Newbury the Pear (pier) at Colborn Seran[?] & have untill the Event of this
expedition is known.
Forward On All the New Battors (batteaus) Poles, Can, Pitch, nails, so that
is or shall be processed & as soon as you Can, Join the Detashmnt - have
particular Directions with Mr. Howard and to take Care the Goods left. I am Sir your
Creation Date: Sept. 29, 1775 Description: Letter to Capt. Farnsworth from
Benedict Arnold about provisions for the march to Quebec.
See also the terrible struggle of Gen. Benedict Arnold and his men on their
through Maine to reach Quebec - wherein many died of starvation!
"Arnold was to lead 1,100 soldiers from Massachusetts to Maine, then up the
Kennebec and Dead Rivers into Canada by way of the Chaudiere River to Quebec
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