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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Lowell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01650 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 October 1782 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Recounts the story of young Isaac Winslow, who had been taken to Canada at age 11 by his loyalist father, upon the outbreak of hostilities. His parents are now dead, and his other family is in Boston. He wants to be in service to his country. Knox would like to exchange him, or help him return to Boston. See GLC02437.01408 and GLC02437.01649 for related information. Also discusses Congress's debates over payment of military officers.

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[3] I did not intend to have mentioned any thing of a public nature [in this leter], but I cannot refrain from [trusting] to you the extreme uneasiness of ...the Massachusetts line The total want of pay and [struck: other] [security] [have], [struck: has] and an apprehension that [struck: nothing] [arising] [from] information that it [was possible] the resolves of congress respecting a future provision might be [illegible] have by their combined force raised their unhappy sensations to an [4] an alarming height. [strikeout] [struck: much] [inserted: Thier future peace] will depend [inserted: much] on the success of the [matter] now with you. indeed the [inserted: their] existence or non existence as an army [strikeout] [struck: a great degree] may be the consequence. Their patience [struck: is exhausted] is so much [struck: exhaust] exhausted, [struck: that] and their passions so high, that any circumstance, from either Congress or any other body which may have a tendency to destroy those promises which have been Almost their only good for years past, [would] open a [seeme], that might [struck: no] [renounce] the [aspiring] hopes [of the] [army] and [illegible] the War of years [struck: to yea] to come. I write you this in [inserted: great] confidence, [struck: and am sure you will not permit it to be [published] strikeout upon]
And I beg leave to [fulfill myself] with great respect
Your most obedient
The honorable John Lowell Esqr.
To Honorable John Lowell [inserted: Esq]
8 October 1782 -
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lowell, John, 1743-1802
Winslow, Isaac, 1763-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: LoyalistRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryLetter of Introduction or RecommendationCanadaContinental CongressCongressPensionsGovernment and CivicsContinental ArmyFinanceSoldier's Pay

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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