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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Ruddock

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01013 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 3 July 1781 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 30.8 x 20 cm.

Gives Ruddock orders regarding stores and cannon being transported from Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island to New Windsor, New York. Instructs that all stores and cannon coming in must be sent to West Point. Post script and docket appear to be written by Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide.

All the stores and cannon from these places must proceed to West Point and there be kept afloat above the chain...You must use the utmost diligence in having the lead cast into ball...

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