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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1138.2

George Washington letters to Benjamin Lincoln


Letters from the American President George Washington to U.S. Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln.


  • 1777-1789

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Contains 55 letters and 1 memorandum from Washington to Lincoln written during the American Revolution when Washington was commander in chief of the military forces of the colonies. The letters concern movement and positions of troops, discussion of deserting troop members, information about Britain’s possession of U.S. towns and intelligence, and details of military recruits. Also includes discussion of Sir Henry Clinton's expedition against the western Indians. Later letters discuss the treaty between the Indians and the commissioners in Georgia, and the need to build houses in the capital for the members of Congress.

Biographical / Historical

Washington was the first American president; Lincoln was a U.S. secretary of war and army officer and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*49M-33F. Gift of Robert G. Stone, 75 Federal Street, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1949.
Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington letters to Benjamin Lincoln, 1777-1789: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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