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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to George Washington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00800 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 5 February 1780 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.2 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Sends Washington the "volume of pamphlets belonging Governor [Jonathan] Trumbull." For several days, Knox has retained the pamphlet written by Governor Pownall and hopes to be able to browse through the volume again when Washington is finished. Hopes to go to West Point the same day, and to deliver a report to Washington the following day. Knox's retained draft.

Background Information: Thomas Pownall was Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1757-1760. Trumbull was Governor of Connecticut 1769-1784.

Full Transcript: [Draft]
New Windsor 5 Febry 1780
Dear Sir
I send your Excellency the volume of pamphlets belonging to Governor Trumbull. I have taken the liberty to retain for two or three days ...the single pamphlet written by Governor Pownall, and shall be oblig'd by the perusal of the volume when your Excellency has done with it
I wish to go to West point to day the weather & sleighing being favorable which obliges me to postpone making my report to your Excellency until tomorrow or next day
I [illegible] am
With greatest respect
And attachment your
[illegible] most obednt serv
His Excely
Genl Washington

His Excell Genl
Washington 5 Febry
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Pownall, Thomas, 1722-1805
Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryPresidentGovernment and CivicsLiterature and Language ArtsWest Point (US Military Academy)

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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