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Troutbeck, John (fl. 1770-1784) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00002 Author/Creator: Troutbeck, John (fl. 1770-1784) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 December 1770 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 22.5 x 21 cm

Summary of Content: Light-heartedly comments on the absence of correspondence from his friend Knox. Discusses plans to travel to India. Reports that he has recently been appointed the first Surgeon of the Essex Easte Indea, commanded by Captain Read, but has not yet passed his medical examinations. A post script contends that Troutbeck has not received a letter from Mr. Loring. Sent with a follow up letter (see GLC02437.00003).

Background Information:

People: Troutbeck, John, fl. 1755-1784
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CaribbeanMaritimeTravelAsiaMilitary HistoryNavyHealth and Medical

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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