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Collection Reference Number GLC02978.20
From Archive Folder Documents relating to the defense of Philadelphia 
Title Frederick Eckstein to Robert M. Patterson regarding the Philadelphia General Committee of Defence
Date 20 November 1814
Author Eckstein, Frederick (fl. 1814)  
Recipient Patterson, Robert Maskell  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description Quotes from Patterson's explanation of why his name was omitted from the list of persons on the volunteer association of field engineers organized by Philadelphia's Committee of Defence (see GLC027978.19) and seeks further explanation. Provides a detailed description of his service and how he learned he had been dismissed. Notes that he left Europe because he admired the Constitution and asserts that he owes "it to my Country, to my family, to myself, not to suffer my rights to be torn from me with impunity."
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Immigration and Migration  US Constitution  Civil Rights  
People Eckstein, Frederick (fl. 1814)  Patterson, Robert Maskell (1787-1854)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Robert M. Patterson was a professor of natural and experimental philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the chief engineer of the Corps of Field Engineers. Jonathan Williams was the chairman of the Committee of Defence.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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