Nathaniel Woodhull Autographed Signed Letter
Manuscript Collection 406

Collection Description

Letter written by Nathaniel Woodhull (1722-1776) to Major General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
Dated March 4, 1776 and signed "Nathl Woodhull, Presidt."
Dimensions: one page, 22.5 x 37 cm.
Acquired at auction in May 2006.

Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray, June 2008.

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Nathaniel Woodhull (1722-1776), the eldest son of Nathaniel Woodhull and Sarah Smith, was born at St. George's Manor, Mastic, Long Island, New York on December 30, 1722. His first employment was in a military capacity in the war between Great Britain and France from 1754-1760. He was appointed major in the Provincial forces of New York and served in the army under General Abercrombie. In 1760, he served as Colonel of the Third Regiment, New York Provincials, under General Jeffrey Amherst, which marched against Montreal and effected the final reduction of Canada. He was appointed to head the combined militias of Suffolk and Queens Counties in 1775.

Nathaniel Woodhull was captured and fatally injured by the British on August 26, 1776. He died on September 20, 1776, at the age of 54 and was buried at his Mastic home.

Special Collections of the University Libraries acquired this letter at auction in May 2006.


In provincial Congress New York March 4th 1776


We have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of yours of the 21st & 28th ult. with a list of such officers as have served in the last campaign. We fear from a want of proper information and the necessity we are under of immediately compleating the four Regiments ordered to be raised for the defence of this Colony, some Gentlemen now absent may be neglected whose merits ought to be considered - in our confused state we shall endeavour to do Justice to individuals as far is consistent with the public service; in this arrangement Mr. Pain's merit will be considered.

In the appointment of the Captains to our four Battallions we have thro' mistake omitted Captain Wynkoop whose services during the last Summer justly merit the attention of the public. We could wish Sir it was in your power to provide for him on the Lake as we are informed he is well qualified for service in that Department - but if it should not be in your proper power to provide for him, we beg to have the earliest notice, that we may appoint him to the first vacancy.

We have ordered Six hundred fathom of taned rope two fishing nets & ropes for four, to be sent to Mr. Commissary Livingston at Albany to whom we have also ordered the quantity of Pitch & Tar, you formerly wrote for to be sent. You will receive by this conveyance blank Commission for Col. Van Schaicks Regiment.

We are Sir
with esteem
Your most Obed't humble servants
By Order - Nath. Woodhull President