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Collection Reference Number GLC02978.19
From Archive Folder Documents relating to the defense of Philadelphia 
Title Robert M. Patterson's reply to Frederick Eckstein's letter regarding the Philadelphia General Committee of Defence
Date 18 September 1814
Author Patterson, Robert Maskell (1787-1854)  
Recipient Eckstein, Frederick  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description Responds to Eckstein's complaint that he was omitted from the list of persons on the volunteer association of field engineers organized by Philadelphia's Committee of Defence (see GLC02978.18). Patterson recognizes Eckstein's service and explains the omission as stemming from a need "to consult the whims and the groundless prejudices of hundreds." Expresses sympathy for Eckstein's hurt feelings.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Immigration and Migration  
People Patterson, Robert Maskell (1787-1854)  Eckstein, Frederick (fl. 1814)  
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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