Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington Letter to his Brother

Reed 08-02 [1].jpg
Reed 08-02 [2].jpg


Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington Letter to his Brother


British Occupation of Philadelphia


This letter addressed from Peekskill, New York on 29 September 1777, is addressed to his brother Andrew Huntington. General Huntington discusses the British occupation of Philadelphia and his instructions to join the main Continental force near Philadelphia. Huntington mentions Burgoyne's activities in New York and "prays that New England of this State will have a better account to give Burgoyne" Letter closes, "Your Brother, Jed Huntington"


Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington


29 September 1777


John F. Reed Collection Valley Forge NHP


Box 1 Folder 48, 08-02


Peeks Kill 29 Sepr. 1777

Dear Sir,
I have not sold your Mint Water although I have sent to a Number of People who were likely to be Purchasers. As I am to have this Place Tomorrow I don’t think of any thing better than to put into Mr. Flints Store, desiring Mr. Flint to take care of it ‘till he hears from you. ----
We learn that General Howe is in Possession of Philadelphia. --- the Acquisition will highly gratify his Pride but I hope it will not finally prove any essential Injury to our Cause – his Troubles and Embarrassments may thicken upon it as Burgoynes did after Ticonderoga fell into his hands —had the Militia of the Southern States exerted themselves as they might have done Howes Army would not have been a mouthful for them – but I cannot learn as they have been of any Service to Genl. Washington. I devoutly pray that of New England & this State will have a better Account to give of Burgoyne, he will fall into their Hands according to human Reasoning. If they half do this Duty – my love to Sister H. I am packing up the third Time --- Your Brother
Jed Huntington