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Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von (1730-1794) to Henry Knox [in French]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02769 Author/Creator: Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von (1730-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 November 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.5 cm.

In French except for refrain - "Blow the trumpet in Zion." Von Steuben criticizes Aedanus Burke, aka "Cassius," the author of an anti-Society of the Cincinnati pamphlet ("Considerations on the Society or Order of Cincinnati," 1783). Burke, a South Carolina Supreme Court justice, accused the society of trying to create "a race of hereditary Patricians or Nobility," with von Steuben as their grand master. Von Steuben jokingly passes the accusation over to Knox, suggesting that "the young Marquis Harry Knox" has used him as a cat's paw to further his aristocratic ends. Noted as written in Shulkill (perhaps Schuylkill, in Pennsylvania). Docketed by Knox on verso.

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