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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01939 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 February 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.1 x 15.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Sends General Henry Knox a bass, caught near the port where Jackson is at present. Describes the fish as a Mr. Bass, a possible spy for the enemy and warns him to be on guard at West Point for a sudden attack. States that Knox should "examine him [Mr. Bass] well & if he will not give you a good account of himself, you had better cut him up joint by joint, ... pour hot melted Butter & Pa[r]sley over him & if he should then remain refractory, the best to be done with him will be to drownd [sic] him in good old [mead ?]."

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryHumor and SatireDiet and nutritionSpyingWest Point (US Military Academy)Alcohol

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