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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Crane

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01550 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 30 August 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.4 x 18 cm.

Written and initialed for Knox in the hand of Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp. Writes that he has been informed that regiments encamped on the point have taken boards and other items from the tents and intend to take them away or sell them. Asks that he work with Colonel [Benjamin] Tupper to try to prohibit this from happening by placing sentries at the places of embarkation and issuing a garrison order which forbids any resident of the point [possibly West Point] from purchasing boards or any other public property "on the penalty of severe punishment." Also writes that he has been unable to come down yet because his child has been so unwell. He will try to get passage from Head Quarters that afternoon, but if he is unable, he would like to borrow a boat the next morning.

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