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Letter from Benjamin and Jemima Taylor to Her Parents, Peekskill, March 2, 1777
Letter from Benjamin and Jemima Taylor from Peekskill to their parents
Honored Father and Mother
After our duty to you and love to all my brothers and sisters friends and relations thes lines come hopen to fiend you all in good helth as throw the goodness of god we are at present[.] My husbend is much as he youst to be and Polly has ben poorly with her old ale for this thre months but is got better[.] Remember my love to my Der Augustus[.] O how we long to see our children and to hear from them[.] It maks my hart ack to think of them but I hope you will be father and mother both to them[.] I last weack heard the molingedy news of my brother Bartholomew dath wich is hard for me to bare but much harder for my mother[.] But if we can say with Job the lord doth give and tack away and blessed be his name. I want to writ a grat dal but we are so throng with soldgers that I cant get time so I must leav you beging you to tak cair of my der child and bring him up in the fear of the lord hoping that god will keep us and be with us in this grat day of troble and santefy our afflictions for the good of our sols[.] No more at present but we remain your dutiful children.
Benjamin and Jemima Taylor
Reverse: To Mr. John Allen
A raid resulted in a destructive day as all barracks were burned along with mills, supplies and houses. The British were held off due to a successful counterattack. Peekskill was proven vulnerable to attack and West Point became the military command center in 1778. Numerous conspiracy events regarding the Benedict Arnold conspiracy were said to take place in Peekskill, 1780.
Refer to the Peekskill history at: http://peekskillmuseum.org/about-the-museum/peekskill-history-summary