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Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03234 Author/Creator: Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 January 1786 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.9 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes, "My present engagements prevented my going to the westward to direct the business of supplies therefore I could not interest myself in the late proposals for victualing the troops as I wanted the means to [carry?] it on. I shall be much obliged by your orders to furnish the troops here when the recruiting service is again enter'd on." Also, in reference to an earlier letter, mentions that his friend Colonel [Eyres?] along with Charles Biddle remain very interested in donating ships to Congress for use in the conflict against pirates (see GLC02437.03221 and GLC02437.03223). Writes that "altho' you thought there was no prospect of such a ship being wanted the Gentlemen concerned are inclined to pursue their offer and as I am very desirous to render them every service in my power, I hope you will excuse my repeating my request that you will favour them with your friendly advice."

Background Information: He may be referring to his cousin Charles Biddle (1745-1821), a Philadelphia politician who was also a merchant and seafarer.

People: Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Biddle, Charles, 1745-1821

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: NavyRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary ProvisionsContractFrontiers and ExplorationRecruitmentBarbary CoastMaritimeGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAfricaPiratesCommerceMerchants and Trade

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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