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Title William Heath document set
Date 1781 September 1 [letter]; n.d. [engraving].
Description 1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.
People Heath, William, 1737-1814
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Smith, I.R.
Williams, Henry, 1787-1830
Search Terms Revolutionary War
American Revolution
Military officers
Scope & Content William Heath document set. 1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.

A.L.S., 1781, September 1, Perhiskill [NY?], to Maj. General Lincoln, Headquaters; letter praising its bearer, Doctor Evans, a minister.

William Heath portrait engraving. Steel engraving; along lower edge is written "H. Williams Pinx" and "I.R. Smith Sculp." Beneath engraving is inscribed "Hon. William Heath."

William Heath (1737-1814): Born 7 March 1737 in Roxbury, Massachusetts; died 24 January 1814 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Active in organizing the militia before the Revolution, representative in the general assembly in 1761, and again in 1771-'4, a member of the committees of correspondence and safety, and of the Provincial congress in 1774-'5. Elected lieutenant-governor in 1800, but declined the office.

Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810): General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1788-89.

Admin/Biographical History John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.