CALLENDER IRVINE (1775-1841) of Pennsylvania served as United States agent for the Six Nations. He was appointed commissary general of the United States Army in 1814 and was the son of Revolutionary War General William Irvine. Irvine has been collecting articles relevant to the Revolutionary War
Col. ISAAC WAYNE was the son of Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
In this 3 pp, 8 x 10, Philadelphia, February 8th, 1825, ALS, Irvine seeks from Wayne documents or materials pertaining to Pennsylvania’s significant role in the American Revolutionary War. “No state...stand[s] higher, in Revolutionary merit, than Pennsylvania.”
“I am happy to be able to assure you that Gen. Armstrong is now engaged in collecting materials for a history of the revolutionary war [he has] written by himself...Gen. A writes me as follows:
"No state... contributed in money, articles of substance, implements of war, and men to manage them, stands higher or rather deserves to stand higher, in Revolutionary merit, than Pennsylvania- yet is this general fact little known and less acknowledged. It will therefore be among my principal objects to revive the recollections of her most distinguished statesmen & soldiers, and of their common exertions in defense of the country. With this view, I have already made a considerable collection of documents. I have been favored with some very important papers not yet published. It would be very desirable to possess these [letters] also of Governor Reed & General Wayne."
JOHN ARMSTRONG JR. (1758-1843) son of Revolutionary War General John Armstrong Sr., was a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, and Madison's Secretary of War, dismissed for not protecting Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812. He published a number of histories, biographies, and works on agriculture.
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