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Brenton, S. Cooke (fl. 1785) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03145 Author/Creator: Brenton, S. Cooke (fl. 1785) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 May 1785 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.9 cm.

Relates that he was able to safely deliver a packet from Knox to Mrs. Greene (possibly Catherine Littlefield Greene, wife of Nathanael Greene). Sends his regards to Major Sargent, possibly Winthrop Sargent. Plans to travel to Martinico (Martinique), and asks Knox to bear in mind an unspecified consulship.

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