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Gridley, Richard (1711-1796) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00251 Author/Creator: Gridley, Richard (1711-1796) Place Written: Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: February 1776 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. + docket. 21 x 16 cm.

Summary of Content: At the request of General Horatio Gates, Gridley asks Knox to inform General Israel Putnam of the need for repairs on a bridge at Lechmere Point, Massachusetts. Gridley was the army's chief engineer, he was succeeded by Knox in 1775 but retained the title.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Saturday Evening
Sir
General Gates was with me, to Genl Putnam's concerning Strengthening the Bridge at Lechmere's point; but Genl Putnam not being at Home, Genl Gates desir'd me ...to Inform you, that General Putnam might be acquainted with it in the morning, that something might be done to prevent Accidents. I am with sincere regards
Your most Obedt. Servt.
Richd Gridley
Colonel Knox
I must needs Speak non possum non dicere
I produce good arguments
well grounded reasons
[address leaf]
To
Colonel Knox
[illegible]
[docket]
Colo Gridley
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People: Gridley, Richard, 1711-1796
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryArtillerySiege of BostonInfrastructureTransportationContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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