Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Letter authorizing Major Samuel Shaw to borrow money]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02224 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 2 July 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 34.5 x 21.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Written and signed for General Knox in a secretarial hand. Certifies that Major Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide-de-camp, is authorized to borrow one thousand Spanish milled dollars (also known as Spanish dollars) on behalf of General Knox and his wife. The loan is to be repaid by General Knox in twelve or eighteen months with interest.

People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralCoins and CurrencyFinanceBanking

Sub Era:

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources