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Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00543 Author/Creator: Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) Place Written: Watertown, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript letter Date: 4 March 1777 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy. Has enclosed a letter for "the heavenly Miss DeBlois," a friend of Lucy's, which he wishes Lucy to pass on to her. Has also sent a trunk of gowns to Lucy's house via Mr. Colburn, intended for Miss DeBlois. Also asks Lucy to report to him about Miss DeBlois when she next sees her. A newspaper clipping, the obituary of one of Arnold's sons, is attached to the document. The copy was made around 1855.

Background Information: Elizabeth DeBlois was the daughter of a prominent loyalist, and a friend of Lucy Knox.

Full Transcript: 58a
General Arnold to Mrs Knox "at Boston"

The original of this letter was left with me by Capt Thatcher in 1855, & he writes Oct 25 '56 for its return. The letter ...is wholly in Arnold's hand writing, and is as follows
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Watertown 4 March 1777
Dear Madam
I have taken the liberty of inclosing a letter for the heavenly Miss Deblois which by the favor of your delivery with the trunk of yours & which Mrs Colbum promised me, to send to your house, I hope she will make no objections against receiving them. I make no doubt you will soon have the pleasure ( ) seeing the charming Mrs Emerry, and have it in your power to give me some favourable intelligence. I shall remain under the most anxious suspense until I have the favor of a line from you, who, if I may judge, will from your own experience conceive the fond anxiety, the glowing hopes and chilling fears that alternately possess the breast of
Dear Madam
Your Obedt & most Humble Servt
Mrs Knox B Arnold
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People: Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
DeBlois, Elizabeth, 1761-1843

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Women's HistoryClothing and AccessoriesLove LettersDeathLoyalistRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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