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Guide to the Nathan Hale letter 1977.054

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham and Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 09, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hale, Nathan, 1755-1776
Title: Nathan Hale letter
Dates: circa 1776-1900
Quantity: 0.01 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0030
Call Phrase: 1977.054
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical/Historical note

Nathan Hale (1755-1776) was born and raised in Coventry, Connecticut, and served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 he landed at the town of Huntington in Long Island, New York on an intelligence-gathering mission that ultimately resulted in his capture and execution by the British Army.

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Scope and Contents note

One typescript copy of a letter written by Nathan Hale to his brother, Enoch Hale, on August 20, 1776, thought to be the last letter written by Nathan Hale before his execution by the British. The copy is presumed to have been written circa 1900. Its author is unknown.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hale, Nathan, 1755-1776

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • typescripts

Subject Places

  • Long Island (N.Y.) |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Nathan Hale letter, 1977.054, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. 1973.214, Town of Huntington, New York Nathan Hale monument research materials, 1939-1957

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Presumed to be the gift of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York, date unknown. Formally accessioned in 1977.

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