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H. Jackson to Colonel Jeremiah Lee



Portsmouth, New-Hampshire, April 24, 1775.

DEAR SIR: Although this is no time for ceremony or compliments, yet so great is the pleasure I feel on your escape from the hands of wicked and violent men, that I cannot help congratulating you. May God Almighty continue to be your safety and defence.

Could it be thought advisable for us to leave the seaports, I should long before this have been with you, at the head of a Company as good as ever twang' d a bow, inferiour in military discipline to none; they are anxious and eager to be with you.

You well know that the art military has been my hobbyhorse for a long time past. I have vanity enough to think that the recommendation of an immediate perusal of the enclosed volume, to the Officers in the United Army, will


not be thought impertinent at this time, considering the nature of our Country; considering the natural genius of our men, no piece could be better adapted to our circumstances.

Our men are natural partisans. Witness the Rogers, Starkey, and Shepherd, &c˙, &c. Did they not, in the last War, take the very sentries from off the walls of our enemies' Fortresses, in the heart of their Country? I can' t help thinking that some Horse might be employed to great advantage, if our adversaries should ever venture abroad again. I have published some pieces on this subject in our papers, but the New-Hampshire Gazette can hardly be called a proper channel to convey one' s ideas to the publick. Might not some of the principal parts of the Partisan be given in manuscript to some of our officers? Dear sir, I hope you will not construe this, my humble opinion, into impertinent dictation. We are all embarked in one cause, and from the ideas of all (though some may be simple) some things of consequence may be collected. With humble submission to the better judgment of every one, I conclude,

Your most obedient, most obliged humble servant,


P˙S˙ I have been in my sulky more than once to pay you a visit, but my friends have prevented me. When opportunity offers, remember me to Mrs˙ Lee and family.

As I apprehend there is not many of the books in the Country, you will make what use of this you think proper, so that I may have it again hereafter.



To Colonel Jeremiah Lee.