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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00646 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Wilmington, Delaware Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 September 1777 Pagination: 1 p. ; 33.6 x 20.3 cm.

Reports that the British have landed at Head of Elk, Maryland (present day Elkton), twenty miles from Knox's location. Writes, "...we shall remain here a few days and if they will not come to us we shall go to them... it is suppos'd the enemy intend for Philadelphia if so they will meet with a stout opposition." Relates he is serving on a Court Martial. In closing, writes "my soul is intimately connected with yours."

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Wilmington Delaware State, 1st Sept 1777
This is the second time I [struck: am oblig] have been oblig'd to write before the post [has] arriv'd - The enemy have landed at the head of Elk in Maryland about 20 miles from this - Whether they intend to advance, or not is at present uncertain, we shall remain here a few days and if they will not come to us we shall go to them.
- I am my dear Lucy most unhappy at being at this distance from you, but Providence will bring us together in proper season - it is suppos'd the enemy intend for Philadelphia if so they will meet with a stout opposition.
-I am at this moment President of a Court Martial to try an officer of Genl. Howe for recruiting in the Jersies - I have not one moment to spare, therefore my tender Love must excuse me my writing a lengthy letter which I fully intended to have done - my soul is intimately connected with yours - Give my love to Harry Jr -
I am wholly yours Harry Knox

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