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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Crane

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01392 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Basking Ridge, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 April 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.2 x 19.1 cm.

Written from Baskenridge, likely present-day Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Comments that he expected to be at West Point by now, but was delayed at Elizabeth Town. Plans to be in West Point by 15 May at the latest. Asks that Crane save as much timber and iron as possible for their military stores, "as upon these two articles depend our most important work." Requests that he send to Knox in Philadelphia a list of articles needed for the laboratory at West Point, and Knox will order them.

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