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Collection Reference Number GLC02499.17
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1775 
Title Artemas Ward to Jedediah Foster about a situation of townspeople and political loyalty
Date 23 May 1775
Author Ward, Artemas (1727-1800)  
Recipient Foster, Jedediah  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Written by General Ward as commander-in-chief of the army outside Boston to Colonel Foster. Says the bearer of this, Mr. Wood, was lately at Worcester and learned that the selectmen of the town are "binding out" people that can be called friends of the government if they will not join the army. Says it is extraordinary and unjustifiable conduct if it is true. Hopes he will take Wood's information and investigate the situation, claiming "I doubt not you will consult the Safety of the Individuals as well as of the Community."
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Continental Army  Militia  Lexington and Concord  Siege of Boston  Government and Civics  Law  Conscription  Military History  Civil Rights  
People Ward, Artemas (1727-1800)  Foster, Jedediah (fl. 1775)  
Place written Cambridge, Massachusetts
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Colonel Foster fought at the Battle of Lexington.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859