Letter from John Habersham to Benjamin Lincoln

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    [John Habersham to Benjamin Lincoln April 22, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 39; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Sir Sunbury the 22d April 1779 The American officers who were Prisoners in Savannah, having been ordered to this place, we arrived from thence today. – Brigadier Gen: Elbert, soon after our arrival, received a notification from Col: Cruger, Command.r of Ft Sunbury, importing that a major was to be sent to Savannah, [I suppose for Exchange] and that the Majors Lane, Lowe and Moore were to cast lots who shoud [sic] go. – On my finding my name was not mentioned in Col: Cruger's note, Gen - Elbert waited on that Gentleman, and requested to know whether he had not, thro' mistake, omitted it; at the same time informing him that I was the eldest Major of the Prisoners here: Col: Cruger answered, that in his instructions, I was particularly excepted against. Knowing that the Exchanges which [End Page 1] which have taken place [on the part of our officers] have been according to seniority, I am not a little at a loss to guess at the cause of this deviation, from a rule hitherto strictly observed; much more so, at my being expressly excepted against: And my reason, Sir, for taking the liberty of troubling you with this address is to request your interposition in my behalf with the Commander of His Britannic Majesty's Forces here, for I cannot suppose the objection originated with you. – Your answer will be deem'd an Honor, by, Sir, Your most obed.t [obedient], humble Serv.t [Servant] John Habersham Major – Gen.' [General] Lincoln. [Endorsed upside down:] Major Habersham Ap.r [April] 22. 1779 [End Page 2]
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    [John Habersham to Benjamin Lincoln April 22, 1779 [RvW Box 2 Folder 39; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Sir Sunbury the 22d April 1779 The American officers who were Prisoners in Savannah, having been ordered to this place, we arrived from thence today. – Brigadier Gen: Elbert, soon after our arrival, received a notification from Col: Cruger, Command.r of Ft Sunbury, importing that a major was to be sent to Savannah, [I suppose for Exchange] and that the Majors Lane, Lowe and Moore were to cast lots who shoud [sic] go. – On my finding my name was not mentioned in Col: Cruger's note, Gen - Elbert waited on that Gentleman, and requested to know whether he had not, thro' mistake, omitted it; at the same time informing him that I was the eldest Major of the Prisoners here: Col: Cruger answered, that in his instructions, I was particularly excepted against. Knowing that the Exchanges which [End Page 1] which have taken place [on the part of our officers] have been according to seniority, I am not a little at a loss to guess at the cause of this deviation, from a rule hitherto strictly observed; much more so, at my being expressly excepted against: And my reason, Sir, for taking the liberty of troubling you with this address is to request your interposition in my behalf with the Commander of His Britannic Majesty's Forces here, for I cannot suppose the objection originated with you. – Your answer will be deem'd an Honor, by, Sir, Your most obed.t [obedient], humble Serv.t [Servant] John Habersham Major – Gen.' [General] Lincoln. [Endorsed upside down:] Major Habersham Ap.r [April] 22. 1779 [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from John Habersham to Benjamin Lincoln
Creator:
Habersham, John, 1754-1799
Date:
1779-04-22
Description:
Letter from John Habersham to Benjamin Lincoln regarding the exchange of prisoners and the receipt of American prisoners that were being held in Savannah.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Habersham, John, 1754-1799, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810--Correspondence, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.