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Dec 1 , 1997

“Dear Mad.

…after weighing…you and my Dear Children the best heavens… I want (to) let you known that through Divine Goodness I am in Health and high Spirits, enjoy myself better than I expected but were it not for Doing my Country’s Service and all’s laying att stak, I could not Content myself in a campain but I hope that the Militia will be Release soons but I fear not till December—It seems to be we shall have a general action fight and what the Consequence will be God only knows.  Our Army is retreated from LonggIsland to Governor’s Island brought off those with baggage and artilliary with Little Loss.  Some killed or wounded going but ye next Day—our Army is healthy Considering what numbers there is and the time a year as to particulars respecting the fites on LonggIsland I can’t give the particulars; you will have it in print. Great numbers are slain or taken prisoners.

Among the dead my kinsman William Gaylord was killed in the retreat.  Enquired in a few moments after he was shot.  Lieut. Gillet tis said was wounded or taken…Maggy and it’s supposed is Dead, killd or drowned making…(his way over from Brooklyn?) his Ensign .han’t time to mention any more of my acquaintances.  And to not from this place—Huntington’s Regiment, ‘tis said’ are all cut off but seventy or eighty but hope it’s not so—one man killed today.  Another had his thigh broke up by the fire from the ships.

My Dear—After I began this Letter I received A payment by Avon Still for wich I give you thanks for the may kind enq…of your Care towards me—A pretty team in my eyes when you said in one of your letters that my Children remembered how Dada looks—Dear Children I can see how you all Look—I did not Know how near you and my Children were till I bid you farewell—to Look Death and Danger in the face—my friend Don’t trouble yourself with what may happen–pray for me and let us put our trust in that God who has been our Guardian this far in life.  He is still abel to protect us amidst a thousand dangers—which I had a much more ratifying sample of it, as to my business you must Doe the best you can get some grain sowed if you can.  I fear there will be almost a famin for bread another year.  As to the …you must advise with brother Cotton. I shall…Continually pray Brother Cotton in my name to help me some or help procure some help.  If you want Mutton kill a fat weather, A lamb if you Chose it.  Their wool is best.  As to the apples do thed best you Can.  Lett ye Children and Uncle Samuel if he is Able fetch some of them up.  Perhaps Somebody will make them on Shares as to Cloaths I have enough for the present.  I sent back my best Coat by Prentice Mossrier att New Haven as to Soupe I have it every Day meat plent on that which is good all sorts of Garden heanks so to be sold att ye MARK-Y. Can have as much Sage for one Copper as I shall up in three Months (his militia enlistment).  All sorts of Gardin att Medicinal harbor side here but…rums has been for 2/3 a quart and we have had plenty of Cyder for 4d a quart.  We have had 5 barrels in this Company and divided it.  I have Lived well.  As to our Company I shall say nothing about them as individuals.  You will hear by Mr. Steill (Steel).  Seven or reight  (note the ‘r’ pronunciation) unfit for Duty.  None Dangerously Sick.  I hope we have not Lost one out of the Regiment yet—one out of Farmington Reg’t of Militia buried yesterday—Tullan by name—I see Josian Gaylord yesterday.  He is well—Desired I would sent to his Father the first opportunity and acquaint him of the Death of his Brother—he wants his Father sould come to see him—you will send to him as soon as you can.  I have sent you four letters with this. I haven’t one to the Children.  I must Leave writing least the bearer should be gone.  He went out a while last nite—My love to my Familly.  Complements to friends and accept much love to yourself.

From your Constant Husband.

Moses Gaylord.

P.S. I have sent one letter to Brother Cotton and one to Sister Wells.  When you wright take a whole sheet write on half that I might have the rest.  I have but one shete lefte.  Write as you can, it is a greate pleasure to receive a line from you.  I shall want to hear from uncle Samuel and know how he does in my Absence.  I don’t Doubt you will be as kind to him as of the Children.

Yours, Moses.”