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Wengierski, Thomas Cajetan (1755-1787) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02673 Author/Creator: Wengierski, Thomas Cajetan (1755-1787) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 October 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 33.3 x 20.7 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02673 Author/Creator: Wengierski, Thomas Cajetan (1755-1787) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 October 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 33.3 x 20.7 cm.

Thanks Knox (for showing him West Point). Asks Knox for a copy of the map of West Point for a journal he is writing.

Wengierski was a Polish nobleman, known in the fashionable world of Warsaw, Poland for his malicious satires against the Russian regime. He arrived at Philadelphia in September, 1783, and soon became acquainted with the important people in the city. He kept a diary of his observations on men and events.

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