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Collection Reference Number GLC00278
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1765-1774 
Title A. Farrington to Seth Williamson discussing unrest in New York and the military situation in America
Date 20 November 1765
Author Farrington, A. (fl. 1765)  
Additional authors Williamson, Seth
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description A British captain discusses military logistics and the advice given to him by General Thomas Gage regarding troop transport. Mentions being in "the Rebellious Town of New York," where there was popular discontent with the Stamp Act of 1765. Describes the destruction of the rented house of Major Thomas James "by the principal People of this Town," referring to the Sons of Liberty, who had committed this and similar acts during the previous month. Comments on plans to dismantle Fort George, noting that "the Grand Arsenal of America is liable to be insulted" if set on fire. Notes orders from Gage for Captain Hays' regiment to winter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then move to Fort Pitt in the spring. Williamson was a major general in the British army. Farrington was a captain in the 2nd Artillery Battalion.
Subjects Rebellion  Stamp Act  Military History  Mobs and Riots  Sons of Liberty  Fortification  Artillery  Global History and Civics  
People Farrington, A. (fl. 1765)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Government & Politics; The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859