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Samuel Van Vechten to Leonard Bronk on the Canadian Campaign

Skeensborough 23 Sept 1776

Dear Sir

Received. Yours of the _____ & Shod. have ansrd. it long before but Expectd. another from You soon after agreeable to the Contents of the one You sent as You sead You head no time at that Present time to Enlearge on Acct. of the Great Damage Your Place had sustained by the Uncommon Flood of Water that had been at that Place but would soon after Send another, but have never Receivd. another since You have forgot to Write or wether the Letter is miscarryd. You will best be able to judge I have this Month Past been very much Troubld. with the Fevour Ego every other Day which hes made me very week & Poor; it is the unwholesomet. Place that Ever was known in this World Their hes scarcely been a Men on this Ground for Two or Three weeks but what hes head that Disagreeable Distamper or Something worse but thank God I have got the Better of it for I have not head it these 4 Days last past & hope it may not lay hould of me again. I have but little News from the Northd. Only this morning we was informd. that the Same Officer that head Killed B.D. General Gorden at or near St. Johns Some time ago: hes Since that been Sent out again HE & another Man & are returnd. at Ticonderoga & have brought in Two Prisoners The one was a Quarter-Master & the other a souldier of the Rigulers They whare taken near St. Johns What acct. thay give from the Rigular Army we have not yet been able to learn The News of Ms. Annatie Van Orden being very unexpected to me as I head never heard of the Courtship; however if they make a Happy pair I am glead of the Match As Milligen is an ould Souldier & I think a good Souldier I make no doubt but he will do his Endeavour to make some Young ones which I Can't but Recommend to every one as Souldiers is a great Call for in these Trouble some Times I am with my Best Respects after Beaging the Favour of being Remembered to Your father Mother tthe Ladies Ms. Polly & Rachael Coxsegkie Ms Tyne & all the REst of the Coxseghkie & the Catskill Ladies,

Your Moust Humble Sarvt.
Sam. Van Vechten

Published source: "Letters of a Revolution 1775-1783", pp.15-16

Editor's note: Also see the rolls of Capt. Samuel Van Vechten's company, Wynkoop's Regiment , 1776 (exact date unknown).

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