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|Title||Letter [manuscript]: Wioming [sic] [i.e. Wyoming, Pa.], to Lewis Gordon, Easton, [Pa.], 1771 Aug. 1|
|Author||Dick, Captain, John|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Aug. 1, 1771, letter from Capt. Dick to Lewis Gordon, an Easton, Pa., public official active in defending Pennsylvania’s claim to Wyoming Valley lands, regarding the ambush of Dick’s relief force at Fort Wyoming. Dick reports on the status of his men and provisions. He also notes that forty-nine men were now defending the garrison, which also housed forty-eight women and children, against approximately 150 to 200 Susquehannah Company men.|
|Places||Fort Wyoming, Wyoming Valley, Easton, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Keywords||British Colonialism, British North America, Susquehanna Company, land claim, militia, frontier, battle, attack|
|Theme||American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances|
Captain of militia troops serving the proprietary government of Pennsylvania in an ongoing dispute with the Susquehannah Company of Connecticut over possession of lands in the Wyoming Valley. In July, 1771, Dick led approximately thirty men with provisions and ammunition to relieve Fort Wyoming, which was under siege by Susquehannah Company forces. Ambushed, Dick and about two-thirds of his men fled into the besieged fort, but lost the supplies. On Aug. 15, the garrison was forced to capitulate. Soon after, Pennsylvania decided to leave the company in undisturbed possession of the valley.
Endorsement: Letter from Mr Jon Dick 1 August 1771 Entd in Minutes of Council, of the 6th of August, 1771.
Published in: Susquehannah Company Papers, Volume IV, 1770-1772. Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: Wyoming Historical & Geological Society, 1933. p. 230-231.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT box Ayer MS 239|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|