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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Elisha Sheldon

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01574 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 4 September 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 20.3 x 16.8 cm.

Written in the hand of Samuel Shaw and signed with initials by Shaw on behalf of Henry Knox. Writes that a Mr. [possibly Peter] Corne, disobeying recent regulations, was detained en route from New York to Stamford and was sent to West Point. After hearing the case, the Commander in Chief [General George Washington] has permitted him to return, and has sent him with a garrison to Colonel Sheldon's post. Asks that Colonel Sheldon send him with a sergeant to Colonel Canfield, commanding officer at Stamford, for whom he has a letter from General Washington. Note on page 2 in the hand of Samuel Shaw states that the Sergeant of Artillery will proceed with Mr. Corne to Bedford to meet with Colonel Sheldon, will deliver the letter, and will immediately return to West Point. See GLC 02437.01567.

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