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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.291
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1754-1764 
Title John Wheatly to Jabez Huntington describing fortifications at Crown Point on the western shore of Lake Champlain
Date 1 September 1759
Author Wheatly, John (fl. 1759)  
Recipient Huntington, Jabez  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description Written to Huntington, clerk of the Connecticut General Assembly, to describe fortifications at Crown Point on the western shore of Lake Champlain. The French abandoned and partially destroyed the fort during General Jeffrey Amherst's offensive in 1759. Wheatley, the commander of a company of marines from Connecticut, describes some of the reconstruction work subsequently started. He also laments the failure of the Connecticut Assembly to properly supply his troops, who have "the honour & fortune to be the foremost i.e. the fartherest advancd of any of yo 4. Conit Regt." Apologizes for being so bold with his criticisms. Red wax seal with impression.
Subjects French and Indian War  Fortification  Military History  France  Global History and Civics  Building Construction  Military Supplies  
People Huntington, Jabez (1719-1786)  Wheatley, John (fl. 1759)  
Place written Crown Point, New York
Theme French & Indian Wars; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Jabez Huntington was a prominent politician and military advisor from Norwich, Connecticut during the Revolution. He made his fortune in the West Indies trade. Wheatly purchased the slave Phillis Wheatley, famous for her poetry, in 1761.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859