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John Duncan to Governour Trumbull



Hermitage, near Schenectady, December 27th, 1776.

SIR: Even if gratitude did not sufficiently prompt, would be much wanting in duty not to return you my most sincere thanks for the many favours received whilst a captive under your care. My grateful sense of your admitting me to visit my aged father and family, to you and yours, by me shall never be forgot, and I most ardently wish that you and them may always be as happy as that act made me and mine. It was with some difficulty I was admitted to remain at home the six weeks contained in your pass, though I have lately obtained leave to abide on my farm till called on by the Committee of Albany; and had I not in that case, till a few days ago, been in some expectation to have returned to Hartford, would have wrote your Honour before now.

I beg leave to be gratefully remembered to the worthy gentlemen of your Council, who so readily concurred in granting my request; and am, with real esteem and due respect, sir, your most obedient and much obliged humble servant,


To his Honour Governour Trumbull.