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Title:[Letter] 1817 Dec., Washington City [to James Winchester] : a machine readable transcription of an image

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Date: December 1817
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter dated December 1817. The author is unknown, but the recipient is probably James Winchester. The author is describing the hardships inflicted during the War of 1812, from both British and Native American combatants. Some of the people suffering are unknown, but one may be Winchester himself and a family by the name of Navarne.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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Washington City Decb [December] 1817
Hond [Honored] Sir

Col [Colonel] Francois Navarne of the River Raisin Sent by me your spectecels [spectacles] & pen knife, with Col. H. [gap] for the watch, which he said [gap] to you, Mrs Navarne Saved them by puting [putting] th [gap] in hir busom [her bosom] , at the time the Indians was [unclear: pilaging ] and destroying your property and his, I have delivered them all to the Honobl [Honorable] Mr Hoy a member from your State, which I hope he will deliver to [gap] have now to request in the [gap] that you will be so kind as to forward a certificet [certificate] under oath, that you had a Military deposit in his house, which will enable him to be paid as [unclear: the law ] directs; for I have the other evidence at this place to establish his claim, when thay [they] found your [unclear: prop and ]

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and that of the public, in his house, all his property was taken & destroyed with it, and and his life thratned cauling [threatened calling] him a bigknife; & that he cauled [called] the Troops to that place &c [etcetera] . He has suffered very much Since that time by the British & Indians, had to [gap] his escape to Genl [General] Harrison [gap] his family to [unclear: there ] money, I presume you know that his two horses was taken that fatal morning by the officers which was with you; be so good to enclose the certificet as Soon as possible, as the [unclear: law ] expires next April, and I wish to [unclear: leave so soon ] as I can; I was requested by the poor suffor [gap] to leave my home to procure Some relief for them I was a neighbour [neighbor] of the Col. for ten years before the war and by misfortune Comd [Commanded] the Regmt. [Regiment] at that place on the day of that long to be remembered, day that Genl

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[unclear: Genl ] [gap] capitulated to the British.

Please excuse this liberty from a [unclear: Stranger ]

I have the Honr [Honor] to [unclear: subs ]
my self your most obed. svt. [obedient servant ]

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