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Title:[Letter] 1813 Jun. 23, Beauport [to] George Prevost / James Winchester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Winchester, James

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Date: June 23, 1813
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter dated June 23, 1813 from James Winchester to General George Prevost concerning United States militia men being held near Quebec by the British as prisoners of war. The prisoners were captured during the war of 1812. Winchester is concerned for their health and living conditions; he asks General Prevost to intercede on the prisoners behalf.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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23d June 1813 Sir

Permit me to communicate to your Excellency my serious apprehensions for the health of the United States prisoners of war on board ship off Quebec . Between two and three hundred man crowded together in one vessel in the heat of summer I fear will produce diseases which in all reasonable probability will carry off many of them; The health and lives of men which the fortune of war hath placed in your Excellencys [Excellencies] [added: sovern] I am persuaded will be regarded with humanity and kindness and that it is only necessary for me to name their circumstance ; [added: personal situation] to have It their situation changed for the better, It would be very desirable that they should be sent to the United States on parole as others have been. but if that cannot be obtained, I take the liberty to ask for them to be landed and confined in some airy building during the summer months; or encamped in this Parish convenient to their officers quarters so that I could cause their names to be caled [called] two or three times a day [added: His Excellncy [Excellency] Genl [General] Sir George Prevost ]

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day in which event I would be responsible for their good conduct or return them to close confinement

I have the honor to be with great respect your Exclys [Excellency] obet [Obediant] Servant
J [James] Winchester
B Genl [Brigadire General] US [United States] army [added: Copy of a letter To Sir George Prevost dated 23 June 1813]

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