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Title Letters and history [manuscript]: 1778-[ca. 1782]
Author Willett, Marinus (1740-1830)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letters written from Fort Schuyler during 1778 to Gov. Clinton, Gen. Schuyler, Judge Jay, and Hendrick Herkimer and the other justices of the peace along the Mohawk River, regarding military issues and Indian relations, together with Willett’s history of his service in the Mohawk Valley, 1781-1782. In an Apr. 8, 1778, letter to Gov. Clinton, Willett discusses an Oneida proposal to build a road between Fort Schuyler and the Oneida Castle, his regiment’s lack of clothing, and his willingness to serve wherever there might be enemy action. Drafts of three letters on one sheet (Apr. 29, 1778) to the governor, Gen. Schuyler, and Judge Jay contain Willett’s suggestions to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs regarding the necessity of strengthening ties with the Six Nations. The May 23, 1778, letter upbraids Herkimer and other Mohawk Valley justices for the detention of a messenger sent from Fort Schuyler to Albany. Written sometime after 1782, Willett’s history describes the 1781 actions at Sharon and Johnstown. A later explanatory note by Willett’s son, William Marinus Willett, follows on p. [4].
Names Willett, William Marinus (1803-1895); Clinton, George (1739-1812); Jay, John (1745-1829); Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804); Herkimer, Hendrick
Places Sharon, Johnstown, Fort Stanwix, Rome, Mohawk River Valley, New York, United States
Keywords law, armed forces, government relations, history, personal account, fort, road, supplies, governor, commissioner, Six Nations, US War of Independence, militia
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Marinus Willett was a Revolutionary War officer. A captain in the 1st N.Y. Regiment from June, 1775, Willett was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 3rd N.Y. in late 1776 and was later transferred to Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix) where he was second-in-command. In July of 1780 Willett was named commander of the 5th N.Y. and was soon promoted to colonel. He retired in Jan., 1781, when the N.Y. regiments were consolidated, but agreed to command N.Y. levies and militia in the Mohawk Valley, where he won important victories at Sharon and Johnstown.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 995
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue