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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
Document Type Correspondence
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.
Names Gordon, Lewis
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
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

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