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Randall, Thomas (d. 1811) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03081 Author/Creator: Randall, Thomas (d. 1811) Place Written: Guangzhou, China Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 December 1784 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.8 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Randall, who accompanied Samuel Shaw to China, thanks Knox for the "many civilities received in your family." Of Knox's family, writes "My heart retains so lively a sense of them, that no distance can ever efface it." Notes that Shaw, Knox's former aide, will personally deliver this letter to Knox.

Background Information: Written from Canton, China (present-day Guangzhou). Thomas Randall was Captain of the 3rd Artillery, Massachusetts. He was an original member of the Massachusetts Society, but on the 4 July 1803, met with ...the New York State Society and subscribed his name to its Roll. After the war he became Captain of a New York merchant ship and the partner of Major Samuel Shaw in the Canton trade. His name appears on the Half-Pay Roll.
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People: Randall, Thomas, d. 1811
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FriendshipRevolutionary War GeneralAsiaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCommerceMerchants and Trade

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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