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Howe, Robert (1732-1786) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01554 Author/Creator: Howe, Robert (1732-1786) Place Written: Verplanck, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 August 1782 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 23.7 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Major General Howe writes to discuss a boat that he has been given by Mr. [Daniel] Carthy for temporary use. Quips that his only alternative would be "walking on the water, which had I not a Broken leg I Really want Faith to do." Declares that he does not want to part with the boat yet because he has a broken leg, and expects most of their transportation to be by water. Mentions Colonel John Crane.

People: Howe, Robert, 1732-1786
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Crane, John, 1744-1805
Carthy, Daniel, fl. 1780-1782

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryInjury or WoundContinental ArmyTransportation

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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