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Billings, Andrew (1743-1808) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02198 Author/Creator: Billings, Andrew (1743-1808) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 June 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.8 x 21.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Captain Major Billings to Major General Knox. References a previous letter from Knox that arrived with 2 brass cannons -- says he will "set about them as soon as the directions arrive, and will finish them as soon as possible." Billings is engraving the cannon for Count De Rocheambeau (see GLC02437.02199) also has designs relating to the Society of Cincinnati but he claims the "design [is] ... so defased and torn that they are unfit to be seen, if that is wanted I will draw it over and send down, I have a design now drawn which if aproved off may suit for those cannon for sake of variety." Will meet with him in a few days for an inspection.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Society of the CincinnatiRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyArtilleryMilitary HistoryFranceArtisansArt, Music, Theater, and FilmFraternal Organization

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