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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01311 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 December 1781 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 24.1 x 19.5 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01311 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 December 1781 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 24.1 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Relates that he has confirmed the loss of ships Knox invested in by speaking both to McGee and Col. Sears (see GLC02437.01306). Comments that Col. Sears would like him to invest in another ship McGee will be sailing, upon returning from transporting flour to Havana; adds, "If you do, I wish most heartily that Fortune may be in a better humor, and by prospering the next voyage, make you ample amends for last disappointments." Declares that he wrote a letter to Knox's brother and gave it to the Marquis Lafayette who was waiting to set sail from Boston. Writes, "Nothing has been done, or is yet doing, respecting the pay of our troops for the last year." Promises to "attend to the settlement of your concerns with" the Committee, as soon as they take up the issue. Discusses various problems supplying soldiers and horses with provisions. Sends regards to Mrs. Knox, hopes she is in good health, and hopes they "are both rejoicing in another tender pledge of your mutual affection," the birth of their new baby. Also wishes them an enjoyable season in Philadelphia.

Full Transcript: [Excerpt:]
The Alliance after having been five days in Nantasket Road waiting for a wind sailed the day before yesterday... The Marquis was treated with great respect, and in addition ...to such other testimonials as he may have , will carry with him the address of this town [Boston] to him on his arrival....See More

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Sears, Isaac, 1730-1786
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CommerceMerchants and TradeLatin and South AmericaCaribbeanRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMaritimeFinanceTravelFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyChildren and FamilySoldier's PayContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryMilitary ProvisionsMilitary Supplies

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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