March 12, 1783

Written by James from New Windsor

With little news or change in his situation, James Davenport wrote to his brother again on March 12, 1783. By this time, as he wrote, his military service felt akin to “Slavery,” and he regretted having enlisted when he “was young and foolish” and before he had the chance to enjoy “the sweets of Freedom.” But the long winter – the last winter of the war, as it would turn out – dragged on, and Davenport remained with the army as his friends and family began to enjoy what seemed an increasingly likely peace. 

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"what Signifies murmuring"

By this, James Davenport meant "what good does complaining do?"

"your Wife"

Samuel Davenport had married Elizabeth Wiswell of Dorchester.