|Title||John Greaton document set|
|Date||1778 March 27 [letter]; n.d. [engraving]; 1783 September 25 [letter]; n.d. [engraving].|
|Description||2 items - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.|
Greaton, John, 1741-1783
Childs, Timothy, 1748-1821
|Scope & Content||
John Greaton document set. 2 items - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.
D.S., 1778, March 27, Boston [MA] to [no address]; Col. Greaton attests to Capt. Childs' receipt of payment.
D.S., 1783, September 25, Camp West Point [NY] to [no address]; recommendation for sick leave for Capt. John Hastings from Colonel 47th Mass. Regiment, endorsed by Gen. Greaton.
John Greaton, soldier, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 10 March, 1741; died there, 16 December 1783. Before the war he was an inn-keeper and officer of militia in Roxbury. On 12 July, 1775, he was appointed colonel of the 24th regiment, and in October following colonel of the 36th, and afterward colonel of the 3d Massachusetts, on the continental establishment. During the siege of Boston he led an expedition which destroyed the buildings on Long Island in Boston harbor. On 15 April, 1776, he was ordered to Canada, in December joined Washington in New Jersey, and was afterward transferred to Heath's division at West Point. Congress made him a brigadier-general, 7 January 1783.
Possibly Timothy Childs, physician, born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in February, 1748; died 25 February, 1821. He entered Harvard in 1764, but was obliged from poverty to leave in 1767, and, returning to Deer-field, studied medicine, and in 1771 began practice in Pittsfield. He was commissioned in a company of minute-men, with which he marched to Boston in April, 1775, and was soon after appointed surgeon of Col. Patterson's regiment, with which he went to New York, and in the expedition to Montreal. In 1777 he left the army and resumed practice at Pittsfield, where he continued till his death. In 1792 and for several years after he was a representative and also a senator in the general court, and was a member of the esecutive council. In 1811 he was granted several honorary degrees by Harvard. He was a warm supporter of the Democratic Party.
|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.|