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Timothy Pickering Letter, 1783 December 1

 File — Box: 4256.001, Folder: 1

Scope and Contents

This file contains a single letter from Quartermaster General Timothy Pickering to New York Governor George Clinton (1739-1812) concerning the disposition of property on which the British Army had erected barracks and other structures during its occupation of New York City from 1776 to 1783. Pickering argued that claims for compensation by the previous owners were inadmissible, since they were hardly the only property owners to suffer damages at the hands of the British. The file also includes a handwritten transcript of the original document.


  • 1783 December 1


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Biographical / Historical

Timothy Pickering was a Massachusetts politician who served as Quartermaster General (1780-1785) of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and held a number of roles in the US government, including five years as secretary of state (1795-1800) under Presidents George Washington and John Adams.


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Formerly MSS.1759

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Processing Information

Processed by Donnelly Lancaster/John Beeler, 2006.



Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266