Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00418 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 August 1776 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.6 x 18.3 cm.
Discusses his recent fever, treatment, and recovery. Comments on his duties and the upcoming conflict in New York, in sometimes florid prose. Discusses news from Ticonderoga concerning the attempted siege of Canada, and notes the arrival of a French fleet. Seeks assistance in obtaining buttons, possibly for his regiment's uniforms.
... My depart[text loss] extensive and various, to an entire application to [the] Business of which & the fatigues consequent thereof I attribute my slight illness- the weather has been burning hot- The enemy's whole reinforcements are now arriv'd and they are about making their appeal to the great disposer of Empires whether Justice or Injustice are to be Victors-we are pretty well prepar'd for them and willing to stand the whole shock of their collection vengeance-They have [illegible] the greater part of their troops and have three days provisions ready cook'd- and [so have we]-The co[text loss] him various reasons must be lengthy and bl[text loss] God Grant us victory-
 There is apiece of news in Town contain'g the depositions of two people before General Gates at Ticonderoga-who that Carelton, Burgoyne with their whole force (excepting Thousands who were left fortifying at St Johns) [text loss] retreated with great precipitation to Quebec On [text loss] that a fleet of french ships were in the River [text loss] [It] is certain the depositions are come and if it be certain a french fleet be in the St. Lawrence it w[text loss] be a very fortunate circumstance for America-[text loss]il soon discover this-we [dont] pay much attention to it-
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