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[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM ELIJAH HUNTINGTON TO HIS FATHER, REPORTING ON HIS HEALTH AND OTHER DETAILS FROM CAMP DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR]
Albany. June 24, 1758.. [1]p., addressed on verso. Folio. Old fold lines. Light soiling and wear, corners torn away, not affecting text. Good. Letter written by Elijah Huntington to his father, Isaac Huntington, from his military encampment at Albany. Elijah Huntington (1734-1814) was a native of Norwich, Connecticut who served several years during the French and Indian War, including on the final campaign to Montreal with General Amherst, where the French capitulated and essentially ended the fighting in North America. He would later live a quiet life as a farmer, though he did also serve in the Connecticut legislature. The present letter was written several weeks before the Battle of Ticonderoga, on July 8, in which Huntington took part as part of a large British, colonial, and allied Indian assault on the celebrated fort, held by the French at the south end of Lake Champlain. Despite the great numerical superiority of the British side, they failed to dislodge the French, and were driven off with heavy loss. This was still in the future as he wrote this letter about incidents of the campaign. He writes (all misspellings are his own): "Honoured father taking this opertunity to let you know that I am in good health and all our company excepting Ebenezer Roth that we left behind not very well. We arived at Albany the 22nd instant and sometime expect to march this after noon but to morrow morning at farthest (this minuit sd. Roth came into the barrack where I am writing and saith he is prity well) the soldiers tary in Albany but litle while Capt. Whitig marchd out the same day we came in, and one company more I know not who, this day one Rhodes- Island company marchd. This day one Rhodes-Island soldier an Indian man was shot thro the sholders by one of their one men by an axidient some thinck he will recover and others not. The small pox [is] in the sity in some houses I hant heard of any dying we dont go in the sity more than needs. I have bin to the store house by the water for provision we ly about half a mile off the sity. I cant tell any news from the front only that we have meet to posts to hurry all along as fast as posible. Sir your obediant son Elijah Huntington. Dr Solomon Huntington desires to be remembred to his father and mother and all enquiring friends and I doe like wise. Solomon wold have wrote him self but he was bisy acooking jest now and it is some thing dificulty for any body to wirte [sic] there is so much noise." Letters from the French and Indian War are quite scarce, and those from ordinary soldiers are exceedingly so.
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