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Collection Reference Number GLC03559
From Archive Folder Collection of letters and documents from the archive of Baltimore attorney Nathaniel Williams 
Title Benedict Arnold to the Massachusetts Committee of Safety
Date 14 May 1775
Author Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A retained copy written by Colonel Arnold four days after the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. With initialed postscript. Says last letter sent was 11 May 1775. Announces that Crown Point has been captured. Mentions logistics of moving captured cannons to Albany. Mentions future moves northward to Canada, including his intention to capture St. Johns. Says there is tension between him and Ethan Allen, who he worked with in the capture of Ticonderoga. Says "Mr. Allens Party is Decreasing & the Dispute between us is Subsiding." Similar to published version in "Naval Documents of the American Revolution" Vol. I, page 330, but has slight differences, including the reference to Ethan Allen. The letter was confiscated by Pierpont Edwards on behalf of Connecticut state authorities after Arnold's treason. The Edward's family held the letter for generations. Damaged with loss of text in center.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Fortification  Fort Ticonderoga  Global History and Civics  Artillery  Government and Civics  Canada  Treason  
People Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  Allen, Ethan (1738-1789)  
Place written Fort Ticonderoga, New York
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859