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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00407 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 August 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 18.3 x 14.1 cm.

Chastises his brother for not writing and complains of writing so much himself that his arm hurts. Gives some instructions for business.

...I intend to write you a long letter but I am unwell and my arm is so stiff with writing a large number of Letters that I can scarcely hold a pen and my head grows dizzy...I wish you to open a small set of books and let no person see the old...

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