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Paca, William (1740-1799) to George Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03937 Author/Creator: Paca, William (1740-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter Date: 21 February 1783 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as Governor of Maryland to General Washington. Signature has been clipped and added. Says there is reason to believe the British crown has prohibited offensive operations on the continent. Claims that if that is true, it has been violated by armed vessels in the Chesapeake. Says a party under Wheland landed and plundered the town of Benedict, Maryland. Mentions that Colonel Plater's negroes were plundered. Wants Washington to know about these violations so he can bring them up in any future negotiations with British officers.

People: Paca, William, 1740-1799.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Maritime, Navy, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, African American History, Slavery, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs

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