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Alexander, William (1726-1783) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01647 Author/Creator: Alexander, William (1726-1783) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 October 1782 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.8 x 20.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes, "By the bearer of this Capt Lotteridge I send a quantity of Plank, Boards and Tar, which he is to land at Wappens Creek - I must request you will please to forward the letter directed to his Excellency by express." Sends his compliments to Mrs. Knox. Reports in a post-script dated 7 October 1782 that this morning his daughter Cate [Catharine Alexander] "complimented Mr. [William] Duer with a very fine son" and asks Knox to tell the news to Mrs. Knox.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Alexander, William, 1726-1783
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Duer, William, 1747-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyMilitary SuppliesBuilding ConstructionMilitary CampPresidentChildren and FamilyWomen's History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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