Brooks, John (1752-1825) to Henry Knox
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03227
Author/Creator: Brooks, John (1752-1825)
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 25 December 1785
Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.2 x 19.7 cm.
Summary of Content: John Brooks, a member of the Massachusetts General Court, writes to Knox on a wide variety of political subjects. Discusses the Society of the Cincinnati, land grants to common people, redress of grievances of the public, and the passage of a treason act. Also reports the opinion of their mutual friend Putnam [perhaps General Rufus Putnam] on these subjects. Lastly, he and his wife send their regards to Mrs. Lucy Knox. A small piece of the page was torn away but has been retained with the document.
People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806., Brooks, John, 1752-1825., Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824., Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824.
Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815
Keywords/Subjects: Society of the Cincinnati;, Land Transaction;, Revolutionary War General;, Government and Civics;, Politics;, Fraternal Organization;, Continental Army;, Military History;, Law;, Finance;, Loyalist;, Treason;
Sub Era: Creating a New Government
Background: General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824), a resident of Massachusetts, worked as a land surveyor after the Revolution and was a staunch advocate of land grants, according to preliminary research. He would subsequently go on to settle a large party of war veterans in Ohio.Order Image