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TURMOIL IN THE PENNSYLVANIA RANKS Fine content war-date A.L.S. of WILLIAM A. ATLEE (1735-1793) Deputy Commissary General in the area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Pennsylvania President Joseph Reed, 2pp. legal folio, Lancaster, May 25, 1781. In part: "...We have had some dispute between the Light Horse...& the Militia Guards, one of the Dragoons in attempting to force his way into the Guard House at the Barrack the other day [was] killed by the sentry on duty there, & as they seem to speak of revenge the Inhabitants seem apprehensive of some further mischief...the Militia will be watchful, but should a party of these people attack the guard in the night (which was apprehended & believed to have been their intention a few nights since) the Prisoners would probably take that opportunity to force their way from the Barracks & the consequences would be sad...induced me to order the Blockhouses...to be put in order, so that the whole of the Militia ordered for Guards...may live in there...[and] then be ready at their posts in case of any alarm...". Light soiling, old archival tape repair in margin between two leaves, else very good.
Estimate $ 400-500

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