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Byers, James (fl. 1767-1784) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01526 Author/Creator: Byers, James (fl. 1767-1784) Place Written: Springfield Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 August 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 21.7 x 33.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes, "I have the honour to inform you of my being at this place, for the purpose of erecting a brass ordnance foundry - the want of fire brick occasions some delay, as thay must be had from Boston, Col. Hatch has engaged them and I expect that they will come on in about ten days." Comments that since "every thing will be new, & workmen strange," when the foundry is ready he will first work on some light metal, like 5 1/2 inch howitzers. Will try to get the work done as quickly as possible, because he "shall wish to return to New York, when it is in our possession, where I should be able to go into business much more to my advantage." Written from Springfield, possibly in Massachusetts.

People: Byers, James, fl. 1767-1784
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryArtilleryIndustryAmmunitionFinance

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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