Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

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In The Revolutionary War: One year and a fateful final fortnight
Hale diary
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Waiting for battle in New York

On June 3, 1776, Nathan wrote to his brother Enoch from New York, starting with mention of letters received and not received - a common opening because mail delivery was so uncertain - then followed by a matter-of-fact report on his army activity and apprehension of the battle to come, and these touching thoughts of family: "This will probably find you in Coventry. If so… forget not to frequently visit & strongly to represent my duty to our good Grandmother Strong. Has she not repeatedly favoured us with her tender most important advice? The natural Tie is sufficient but increased by so much goodness, our gratitude cannot be too sensible…."

Note: Fine penmanship was deemed a mark of superior character.