Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00479 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: White Plains, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 31.1 x 18.2 cm.
Mentions problems with the post. Discusses the Battle of White Plains. Notes his belief that the British are planning to attempt a decisive attack. Thinks she should spend the winter in Boston and if she agrees he will send William Knox to escort her.
[draft] Near White plains Nov 1 1776
My dear Lucy
I am exceedingly afflicted that the medium of Communication is so interrupted as it is - we have business in plenty on our hands - last monday the enemy hove in sight, with the greatest part of their force, they attack'd a Hill on our right wing, on which were posted without any works about 900 or 1000 of our men under General Mc Dougal and after a smart engagement they carried it tho' not without some considerable loss - we I beleive did not [struck: los] lose many - I think we are on Strong Ground, the Spot where we shall winter, the enemy seem determin'd on something decisive - God grant us the Victory - What think you of wintring in Boston I think it will be best - if you think so write to Billey to come for you adieu my dearest dear [struck: may] [inserted: that] God [inserted: may] keep & preserve you & your sweet babe is the earnest prayer of your
Most Affectionate Husband
Mrs. Lucy Knox
[symbol for by] Mr. Crofts
[docket] Nov 76
Gen to Mrs K
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