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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00414 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 August 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 21 x 15.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports intelligence gathered from two British deserters on the size and plans of the British force gathering to attack New York.

Full Transcript: [draft]
NYork 8 Augt 1776
Dear Brother
We have nothing very remarkable Yesterday two deserters from the enemy, who Informs that last Thursday [Sr] Peter Parkers squadron arriv'd here, [struck: that] with ...Generals Cornwallis and Clinton and abt 2000 troops that on Sunday arriv'd one thousand Hessians and some of the Guards who were separated from the rest of the fleet consisting of 11 or 12000 more on the Banks of Newfoundland. the troops in general on Staten Island sickly, they talk of attacking the City as soon as the whole reinforcement arrives
-nothing more only you and Harry are a brace of scoundrels for not writing me by the post if it was only abt push a pen
HKnox
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, William, 1756-1795

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights)Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDesertionBattleGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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