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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Lamb

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01289 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 12 November 1781 Pagination: 1 p. ; 33 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Uncertain yet whether he will join the artillery park because General George Washington had not yet arrived. Writes, "He has lately met with a severe Shock to his affections, in the loss of the amiable Mr. Custis, Mrs. Washington's only child." Believes Washington felt as affectionately for Custis as if he were his real father, as he had raised him from childhood. Only other affectionate parents might be able to understand this misfortune. Has nothing to add about the disposition of the park, only that it might be in the vicinity of Head Quarters. Has no objection to Lamb paying his family a visit if Lt. Col. Stevens remains in camp: "I see no reason for making any other arrangement of the corps this winter than what exists at the moment." Advises that Lamb's regiment form the Park and Col. Crane's form the garrison of West Point and its defenses with the artificers to remain in Philadelphia. Written in the clerical hand of Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp, and signed for Knox by him.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Lamb, John, 1735-1800
Crane, John, 1744-1805
Custis, John Parke, 1754-1781
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
Stevens, Ebenezer, 1751-1823

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Children and FamilyPresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary CampMount VernonArtilleryContinental ArmyDeathFirst LadyWest Point (US Military Academy)President

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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