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Knox, Henry, 1750-1806 to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00751 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806 Place Written: Pluckemin, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 February 1779 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 31.6 x 19.5 cm. Order a Copy

Discusses the revival of the General Arnold, a ship that wrecked in December 1778. Knox had some investment in the ship, and remarks "it would be worth while to... get as much in her as will be prudent to risque," possibly referring to loading the Arnold with cargo. Reports that the British attempted to surprise General William Maxwell's brigade but were forced to retreat. Relates that his recent business in Philadelphia consisted of improving regulation of the ordnance department. Notes "I undoubtedly might have at first stipulated for some pecuniary advantages for myself, but... I do not approve of money obtained in the publick service, it does not appear to me in a War like ours to be right." Describes a recent celebration held to celebrate the alliance between France and America. Remarks that there were "about seventy ladies ... We danced all night."

Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Maxwell, William, 1733-1796

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