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Letter, Mark Blanchard, Nunda, New York, to Abel Blanchard, Peacham, Vermont
Mark discusses the local ramifications of the outbreak of war between Great Britain and the U. S., and his own membership in the militia. "The people in this Country seem to be for war principally those that live on the frontier are a moving their families off every day . . . the Indian fever prevails all over the purchase they seem to be in agitation all the time in holding council among the tribes . . . the people are trying to cross over from Canada but are prohibited by the soldiers . . . the minuet men belonging to the Western District are called for and stationed at Buffaloe and Niagara except one company that belong to the Allegany I belong to that company we were warned the last of June a friday to start on wednesday it was a time they expected the British would cross but the Militia turn out from Batavia and from all parts . . . and quelled their fear . . . ."