Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Revolutionary War Orders, Written in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Gentleman , [1781?]

Finding aid created by
Shannon Wait, April 2010

Summary Information
Title: Revolutionary War orders, written in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [1781?]
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
1774 Philadelphia reprint of the first volume of The Works of Laurence Sterne ( Tristram Shandy, Gentleman ), containing manuscript orders for a brigade possibly encamped in Morristown, New Jersey, around May 1781.
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2000. M-4105.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Revolutionary War Orders, Written in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Gentleman , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

While encamped at Morristown, New Jersey, likely in May 1781, an unknown Continental soldier copied brigade orders into the blank flyleaf of the first volume of The Works of Laurence Sterne, (1774 Philadelphia reprint), containing the first volume of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The four pages of notes written in the flyleaf of Laurence Sterne's novel, Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, contain orders from a brigade commander and from General George Washington, likely given in May 1781 at Morristown, New Jersey. Orders were typically written in regimental orderly books, but, for an unknown reason, they were instead copied into the novel. The first portion of the document contains the orders of the brigade commander, which concern the shoeing of artillery and ammunition horses, the distribution of 50 pairs of stockings, and the securing of a hogshead of rum. Below this are orders from General George Washington, which establish a "standing Rule" forbidding the impressment of horses and wagons, except by commanding officers and colonels. The document also provides for punishment of violators, including arrest and "39 Lashes whithout Ceremony of a Cour[t] mar[tial]."

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Horses.
    • Logistics--History.
    • Military discipline--United States.
    • Morristown (N.J.)
    • United States. Continental Army--Regulations.
    • United States--History, Military.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    • Washington, George, 1732-1799.
    Genre Terms:
    • Orders (military records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Revolutionary War orders, written in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, [ May 1781?] [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Map Division holds the following possibly-related map: Rochefontaine, Stephen. [American Winter Quarters In the Vicinity of Morristown, New Jersey, 1779-1780]. 1779.