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Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01679 Author/Creator: Nicola, Lewis (1717-1807) Place Written: Fishkill, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 October 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23.4 x 17.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that he has received an enclosed document (see GLC02437.01682) but "not having power to comply with Lt Gibbs's request take the liberty of referring [Sgt. Gerrolds?] to you." Lieutenant Gibbs might be Samuel Gibbs, of the Invalid Regiment, of which Colonel Nicola is the commanding officer. Sends his respects to Mrs. Lucy Knox. At the bottom of the letter, Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp, has written "Granted a furlough for six weeks 25 Octo."

People: Nicola, Lewis, 1717-1807
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Gibbs, Samuel, fl. 1782
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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