Moses Brown diary in Memoirs of Major-General Heath (1776-1777, 1798)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Theresa Dowker, April 2019
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Moses Brown diary in Memoirs of Major-General Heath
Creator: Brown, Moses, 1748-1820
Inclusive dates: 1776-1777, 1798
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume is a manuscript copy of Captain Moses Brown's diary, August 9, 1776 to January 22, 1777, bound into the end of a copy of Major-General William Heath's published memoirs [Memoirs of Major-General Heath (Boston: I. Thomas and E. C. Andrews, 1798)]. Captain Brown served in the 21st Massachusetts Provincial Regiment and the 14th Continental Regiment. His 11-page diary contains brief, daily records pertinent to the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Trenton, as well as returns of men belonging to Brown's company that went to Trenton, and of prisoners taken at Trenton. The volume is extra-illustrated with two printed portraits, one each of Brown and Heath.
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

2017. M-6066.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

Moses Brown Diary in Memoirs of Major-General Heath, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is a single bound volume.

Biography

Captain Moses Brown (1748-1820) was born to Isaac Brown (1711-1759) and Mary Balch Brown (1714-1781) in Waltham, Massachusetts. After earning a Harvard law degree in 1768, he moved to Beverly, Massachusetts, and married Elizabeth Trask (1754-1788) in 1774. Brown worked as a merchant in the business of his wife's family.

In the American Revolution, Brown served as a captain in Colonel John Glover's 21st Massachusetts Provincial Regiment and then in the 14th Continental Regiment, fighting in the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Trenton. After the war, he resumed his business career in partnership with his brother-in-law Captain Israel Thorndike (1755-1832). Brown's first wife died in 1788, and he remarried a year later to Mary Bridge (1760-1842); they had a son, Charles (1793-1856).

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume is a manuscript copy of Captain Moses Brown's diary, August 9, 1776 to January 22, 1777, bound into the end of a copy of Major-General William Heath's published memoirs [Memoirs of Major-General Heath (Boston: I. Thomas and E. C. Andrews, 1798)]. Captain Brown served in the 21st Massachusetts Provincial Regiment and the 14th Continental Regiment.

The binding together of the 11-page diary and printed memoir conveniently collocates Heath's and Brown's firsthand accounts of the same battles. Beginning when Brown left his hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts, the diary pages contain brief records of daily troop movements, lodging, dining, and correspondence around the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Trenton. The final pages include two military returns in the form of a list and a table: a return of men belonging to Captain Brown's company who went to Trenton, and a return of prisoners taken at Trenton, both dated December 26, 1776. The last diary entry shows Brown returning to Beverly.

A pastedown inscription reads "Ex Libres Theodore Satter; Retournez s'il vous plait," and precedes a black and white engraved printed portrait of Major-General William Heath. A printed portrait of Brown, originally painted by John Gilbert Stuart, is situated between the memoir and diary sections.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776.
  • Massachusetts--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
  • Trenton, Battle of, Trenton, N.J., 1776.
  • United States. Continental Army. Massachusetts Regiment, 14th.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Campaigns.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Portraits.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.
  • White Plains, Battle of, White Plains, N.Y., 1776.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Brown, Moses, 1748-1820.
  • Heath, William, 1737-1814.
Contributors:
  • Heath, William, 1737-1814.
Genre Terms:
  • Copies (derivative objects)
  • Diaries.
  • Lists (document genres)
  • Portraits.
  • Returns (military reports)
  • Tables (documents)

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Container / Location Title
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Moses Brown Diary in Memoirs of Major-General Heath,  1776-1777,  1798 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 April 2019), memorial page for CPT Moses Browne (6 Apr 1748–15 Jun 1820), Find A Grave Memorial no. 162483127, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Jacki Earp, Weymouth, Massachusetts (contributor 47755371).

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 April 2019), memorial page for Elizabeth Trask Brown (1754–7 Jul 1788), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47617798, citing Abbott Street Burial Ground, Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 April 2019), memorial page for Israel Thorndike (30 Apr 1755–8 Mar 1832), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77731985, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

"Moses Brown's Orderly Book." Notes by Thomas Macy, Beverly Historical Society. 14th Continental Glover's Marblehead Regiment, gloversregiment.org/historymosesbrown.html.