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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Charles Lee

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00245 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 January 1776 Pagination: 1p. 33.2 cm. x 20.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Gives General Lee additional specifics on the artillery ordered from New York City and being sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, which George Washington has already written Lee about. He sent a list of items sent by the Second Provincial Congress or Committee of Safety in New York (not included). Explains plans for their transport. Notes that even though Knox has retrieved artillery pieces from Fort Ticonderoga, the pieces from New York are badly needed. Knox also discusses his efforts to obtain artillery from New York City in GLC02437.00212, GLC02437.00220, and GLC02437.00222.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Cambridge Jany 25 1776
Sir
His Excellency General Washington informs me that he has written to you in general terms respecting a quantity of shot & shells that were order'd from New ...York some time since, also desires me to write more particularly - I do myself the honor to inclose a List of those articles which were to have been forwarded to Camp by the provincial Congress or Committee who sit during the recess of Congress
- why they have not the reasons [done] it are unknown to me - The stores are at Turtle Bay, the Cannon at Kings Bridge, excepting the 2 brass six pounders which belong to the City, and were promis'd as a loan - If they could be put on board some small vessel & sent thru the East river to New London or Norwich the expense of carting would be very much diminis'd - Atho I brought 11 very fine field peices from Ticonderoga yet without the additional ones from New York we shall be deficient in field artillery, - the shells & c are much wanted - the General has desird me to send an officer of artillery accordingly I have order'd Capt Badlam an officer of merit considering his experience to join you immediately
I have the honor to be with the greatest respect
Sir Your Most Obdt Huble Servt
Henry Knox
Colo of the regiment of artillery
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lee, Charles, 1758-1815
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryFort TiconderogaRevolutionary WarArtillerySiege of BostonTransportationPresidentContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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