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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01619 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 19 September 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from "War Office." Writes, "I have Sent for the German Armourers and will forward - them to you with the necessary Tools - If I can obtain any considerable number I think we had better send to Mr. [possibly Richard] Cranch who is now employed at Springfield to superintend him - If in your opinion he is not a suitable person for this business - I wish you would mention it to me I can here have the choice of a good Man."

Full Transcript: War Office September 19. 1782-
Sir,
I have sent for the German Armourers and will forward - them to you with the necessary tools - If I can obtain any considerable ...number I think we had better send to Mr. Cranch who is now employed at Springfield to superintend him - If in your opinion he is not a suitable person for this business - I wish you would mention it to me I can here have the choice of a good Man
I have the Honour to be
with great respects
Your. obed. Servant
B. Lincoln
Genl. Knox

[docket]
From General Lincoln
19 Septr 1782
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Cranch, Richard, 1726-1811

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryArtisansAmmunitionHessians

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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