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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Edward Burbeck

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00331 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 June 1776 Pagination: 1p.+docket. 21.1 cm. x 16.7 cm.

Responds to Captain Edward Burbeck's letter regarding Lieutenant John Edes' plans to leave the Continental Army (see GLC02437.00301). Knox does not object but must wait for George Washington to return from Philadelphia before a discharge can be issued. Places Edward Burbeck in charge of Edes' company. Indicates that he sent the pay certificate for Edward Burbeck's company, as requested. Asks that Colonel William Burbeck be informed that his pay has been given to his son, Lieutenant Henry Burbeck. Knox signed with his initials on the right hand corner of the first page.

Captain Edward Burbeck's birth and death dates vary according to different sources. While most report that he was born in 1740 and died in 1783, some also report that he was born in 1738 and died in 1782.

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