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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) [Copy of letter to John Jacob Faesch directed to Henry Knox]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01605 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 12 September 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 33.9 x 22.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from the War Office. Marked "copy." Addressee on verso is Henry Knox, but letter is apparently a copy of one Lincoln wrote to John Jacob Faesch, a metalworker in the army's employ, which he forwarded to Knox. Writes, "I have been honor'd with your Letter of the 8th Instant - the terms you offer to cast the shells upon are generous, and discover a Laudable zeal to serve the public, but under the present state of our finances - I dare not engage - Money is not to be had, and I am unwilling you should be disciev'd. Shall therefore give up further thoughts of the Contract for this season."

Full Transcript: (Coppy) War Office 12th Sept. 1782
Sir Genl Lincoln
Faesch
I have been honor'd with your Letter of the 8th Instant- the terms you offer to cast the Shells upon are ...generous, and discover a Laudable zeal to serve the Public- but under the present state of our finances-I dare not engage-Money is not to be had, And I am unwilling you should be deceived.
Shall therefore give up further thoughts of the Contract for this Season-
With Sentiments of esteem
I am
Sir
Your Most obdt [Servant]
Faesch Esqr- Sign'd B. Lincoln


[address leaf]
The Honble
Major General Knox
Mr. Lord West Point

[docket]
from John Jacob Faesch Esq.
20 Septr 1782
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People: Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Faesch, John Jacob, 1729-1799
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralFinanceMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryEconomicsContractAmmunition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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