Oliver Wolcott on welfare of family, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1777

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Active in the colonial politics of Connecticut, Oliver Wolcott and his family came to support the colonial cause following the taxes and trade restrictions of the 1760s. He actively served in the militia before and during the war and served Connecticut at the First and Second Continental Congress.

By the spring of 1776, like many other New England delegates, Wolcott viewed a separation from Britain as unavoidable. Illness forced his return to Connecticut in June of 1776, but his vigorous support for independence remained well known.

In this letter to Samuel Lyman, Wolcott wrote to determine the safety and health of his family. He also warned of including incriminating information in letters sent back to him, in case they should fall into the wrong hands. His concern for the family's welfare and his inability to visit in person was typical of many delegates.

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  • Title: Oliver Wolcott on welfare of family, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1777
  • Creator: Oliver Wolcott
  • Creation Date: 1777-04-23
  • Subject Date: 1777-04-23
  • Locations:
    • Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
    • Litchfield, Litchfield County, CT
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 29.84 cm x 19.68 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 59/32
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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