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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Jacob Faesch

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01431 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Boonton, New Jersey Type: Manuscript letter Date: 25 May 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 21 x 17 cm.

Written in the hand of Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp, and signed by Shaw for Knox. Advises Faesch that Captain [William] Stevens will soon be arriving with a small party to reproof shells, and will be bringing "a section of a French 8 inch shell, with an order from the Secretary at War to cast three thousand of that construction." Explains, "You may remember that I mentioned to you that we found some French 8 inch howitzers at York in Virginia. These we have now mounted, but we find by the fairest experiment that the shells cast for English ordnance of that name will not answer, the windage being so grate as to lose a great proportion of the effects of the powder. The French shells are three quarters of an inch larger than the English, so those which are called 8 inches will actually be 8 ½ inches." He and Mrs. Knox send their regards to Mrs. Faesch. See GLC02437.01426 for more on this subject.

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