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Knox, William (1756-1795) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00563 Author/Creator: Knox, William (1756-1795) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 April 1777 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 32.3 x 19.9 cm.

Reassures his brother of his affection for him. Has received a trunk for Henry from Jonathan Ingersol, and will write him. Informs Knox that he will try to obtain silk stockings for him and that George Washington's coat has been charged to his account by Mr. Austin. Has written to Squire Phillips and given the letter to Gideon Hubbard to deliver. Has not yet written Mr. Garey. Mr. P. Palmer and Reverend Isaac Mansfield paid their accounts. Paid Doctor Dix ten dollars he feels he did not owe him, but did so to protect Henry from slander. If Mr. Harrod calls, shall refer him to Knox's letter. Has heard that two more French ships arrived. Hopes to follow Henry's example and become a good horseman. Wishes to know where the rest of Henry's effects are, information about the store's lease, what he should buy before joining the army, and how he should go about joining. In a postscript mentions he has procured the silk stockings and discusses the sale of various personal items.

Jonathan Ingersoll was the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1819-1823.
Squire Phillips of New Marlborough, New York.

[draft]
"…Mr Austin has allow'd General Washingtons coat and Lining to be deducted from your accot….[2] News we have none at, [illegible] they do say that tow of the French fleet have arriv'd at [ships] [cult] to the eastward of this but it seems to want confirmation.
I am much Oblig'd to you for your Lesson on riding if I copy after you I'm sure of [illegible] king a good horseman -
[3] What I want of you're my dear Brother is to point out what method I shall take not only concerning your Bussiness but concerning myself to be particular I wish 1st To know, where you will have your remaining effects [for'd] 2d Concerning the lease of the Store. 3d Concerning those things that will be necessary for me to procure for myself. 4th by What character you mean for me to enter the army in. and 5 what will be best, for me to put my [beisg] age in I [desend] to such little matters because I know those that have been in an active campaign, can better tell me what will be necessary than I can myself, it would be [plaguey] Disagreeable if 2 should carry or send a Trunk or Box and it should be knock'd in the head just after my arrival…"

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