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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Joshua Loring and Joseph Peirce

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01447 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Newburgh, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 June 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 30.2 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Consists of Knox's working drafts of two retained letters, one to Joshua Loring and one to Joseph Peirce. In the letter to Loring, Knox asks that he forward him any money that he owes him as well as the proceeds for any sales of items belong to his brother, William Knox. Declares that he must pay 500 dollars over the next two months, and asks that the payments be made in "Morris Notes," if possible (perhaps a reference to financier Robert Morris). In the letter to Peirce, he also discusses the collection of money from Mr. Morris and others, and mentions General Benjamin Lincoln.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Head Quarters Newburgh 12 June 1782
My dear Sir
I received your favor of the 15th ultimo Upon the strength of your letter, I shall take the liberty to draw upon ...you at ten days sight for two hundred dollars, [struck: with favor] [inserted and struck: which] [inserted: in favor] of General Lincoln, to whom I shall transmit it, in Philadelphia. [struck: I am under the necessity to request that you will endevor to raise, four or] five hundred dollars [struck: more] [inserted and struck: if you have as strikeout] [struck: as I am under obligation to pay that sum in Philadelphia in the course of two months from the present day]
I am under obligation to pay 500 [struck: dollars] [inserted: dollars] [struck: in Philadelphia] in the course of two months from the present day. if you have as [struck: much] [inserted: many] effects of my brothers in yr hands as will raise that sum, I pray you to endevor to convert [struck: it] [inserted: them] into money - Mr Morris notes, or Bank notes will answer in payment, [struck: if] if you cannot make sale any other [2] way I must desire that you will have recourse in sales by auction & as my claims [inserted: as necessities] are indispensable
The total want of pay from the public, reduces us in the Army [inserted: to the necessity of] [strikeout] making every association of means in our power to support us in the service. I hope the day is not far distant, when War shall cease & we be at liberty [struck: to return] to endever to obtain that subsistence, which we cannot find in our present stations. I rely upon your friendship to excuse the trouble I give you
I am yr dear Sir
Your Hble Servt
Mr Joshua Loring
Newburgh, 12th June 1782
My dear Sir
I received your favor the 23d ultimo, if you cannot receive any other money of Mr [Hurd], you will please to receive Mr Morris's note which you mentiond, and I will give an order on you for it in favor of Genl Lincoln
We [struck: have no news here except the unfortunate affair in the West Indies]
I am my dear friend
Your Humble Servant
Mr Joseph Peirce

To Mr J. Peirce
Mr J. Loring
12th of June 1782.
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Loring, Joshua, 1744-1789
Peirce, Joseph, 1745-1828
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralFinanceDebtCommerceMerchants and TradeBanking

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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