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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00435 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 September 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 31.4 x 18.4 cm.

Discusses the retreat from Long Island, after the Battle of Long Island, and plans to defend Manhattan.

New York Sept 2 1776 -
My dearest tender friend
The post is remov'd from here to Kings Bridge so that I have not the pleasure of receiving your Letters which to me are higly pleasing - You must have heard of our evacuating Long Island a measure necessary wise and prudent - no Retreat under heavens could be better performd I think it was a master piece we Likewise Shall abandon Governors Island and collect our Whole force to one Spot - we are numerous & collected the Enemy are divided. I think with the blessing of heaven we Shall make them Repent their temerity, we have no Intention of abandoning this place which we can defend - Our army is divided into three divisions one in the middle of the Island one in the Town and its environs and one beyond Kings Bridge so there is not a possibility of their surrounding us - I shall write You by every opportunity & am with the most perfect Love Your most affectionate
Husband HKnox

[address leaf]
Mrs Lucy Knox
New Haven
Postage '12'
[incorrect attribution] Mrs to
Genl K.

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