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The Independent Chronicle, and the Universal Advertiser, 31 July 1777. “As a Practice prevails...”

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Colonel Archibald Campbell, an officer on a ship of Scottish Highlanders, was taken captive by American forces in June 1776. It is not clear how Campbell knew Elizabeth Murray, by then married to Ralph Inman. Whatever their connection, he solicited her aid, and she provided him with assistance during his time as a prisoner-of-war, sending him rum and other goods. She may have even sought to have him released to her custody.

Assisting a British prisoner-of-war exposed Elizabeth [Murray] Inman to patriot censure. Her reasons for helping this Scotsman are unknown, but the political repercussions were clear. This newspaper item targets her by name.

For more, see Patricia Cleary, Elizabeth Murray: A Woman's Pursuit of Independence in Eighteenth-century America (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), 198-203.


seealsoSee also the following week's newspaper attack on Murray.