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Merrill, Isaac (1708-1787) to John Currier

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00303 Author/Creator: Merrill, Isaac (1708-1787) Place Written: Essex County, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 April 1775 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Merrill, a Colonel of militia, sending an account of the American militia's opposition to British troops at Lexington and Concord to Captain Currier. Mentions that Gage marched last evening out of Boston "Destroying our men and interest." Tells Currier to muster and mobilize as many of his officers and soldiers as possible. Tells him to spread the word and have other militia companies join them. Says he should appoint an officer to take charge in case he has to leave. Merrill still saw himself as a British citizen when he signed the date of the letter "in the Fifteenth Year of the Reign of George the Third." Verso contains miscellaneous calculations which seem unrelated to this letter.

People: Merrill, Isaac, 1708-1787.
Currier, John, 1726-1806.
Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, Lexington and Concord, Military History, Militia, Revolutionary War, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence