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Crane, John (1744-1805) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01484 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 July 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 23 x 17.5 cm.

Informs Knox that they have in their stores a number of "wide Horseman's belts," and many officers from the Infantry want to split the belts and "make two for their pouches." Is not sure whether Knox had another use for them so declined to give permission until he asked Knox.

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