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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00757 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 April 1779 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 31.5 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses business ventures and the depreciation of currency. Mentions the General Arnold, a ship in which Knox was apparently invested. Refers to a certain gentleman, whose name is not mentioned. States, "...I have the most unequivocal evidences every day that he esteems me- most certainly I love & esteem him for his disinterested virtues." Mentions his wife and two daughters, Lucy and Julia. Asks William to procure and send green tea and sugar.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Quarters Artillery N Jersey 11th April 1779
My dear Brother
This moment I received your favor of the 25th ultimo. The money Continues to depreciate amazingly. This may in some ...measure check you in selling off so fast as you might otherwise wish - Colo Sears writes me word he shall send 2000 Sterling in Bills of Exchange for the Benefit of the owners of the General Arnold. - if in addition to your proportion you could send one or two hundred pounds Sterling it would be worth the risque.
With respect to the cipher which reachd your Ears that I had disgusted a certain Gentleman, nothing is more false - We are both pursuing the same cause. he is a man of the most rigid virtue & I flatter myself I am not corrupt. he loves virtuous men and I have the most unequivocal [2] evidences every day that he esteems me - most certainly I love & esteem him for his disinterested virtues.
Your sister Lucy and her daughters are well[.] Lucy grows more & more lovely every day & Julia is a charming little Girl -
Yesterday when The post came in the postmaster was out of the way. Therefore I have only five minutes to write. Adieu my dear friend. Apropos - They tell me that Mr Bosergen Torter sells best [illegible] at 15 Dollars [illegible] by the Chest which contains 13 pounds each if so buy a chest and draw on me for the money and and [sic] send it by the first opportunity - I also wish you to buy 100 [illegible] Loaf Sugar if not more than 3 Dollars a pound and send it on & I shall pay to the same -
[address leaf]
Mr William Knox
From Brigadier Genl Knox
New Jersey Ap. 11. 79
To his Bro. Wm.
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1776-1854
Knox, Julia, 1779-?
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralFinanceMerchants and TradeCommerceEconomicsCoins and CurrencyMaritimeFriendshipLand TransactionDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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