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Parsons, Samuel Holden (1737-1789) to Henry Knox [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03306 Author/Creator: Parsons, Samuel Holden (1737-1789) Place Written: Springfield, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document Date: 24 May 1779-13 January 1788 Pagination: 4 p. ; 30.3 x 18.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy of the correspondence between Generals Samuel Holden Parsons and Henry Knox between 24 May 1779 and 13 January 1788 (see GLC02437.03305 for a related document). The first letter, to Parsons from Knox, was written from Springfield, Massachusetts on 3 October 1786 and discusses the recent Shays' Rebellion. The second, written to Parsons from Knox, from New York on 19 November 1786, also deals with the Rebellion, as well as with court proceedings of the insurgents. The third, written from New York on 13 January 1788, to Parsons from Knox, discusses the adoption by Massachusetts of some legal measure (likely, based on the date of writing, the United States Constitution). The fourth, written on 24 May 1779 from Camp Redding, by Parsons to Knox, discusses his brigade's lack of supplies and asks about plans for the ensuing military campaign. The fifth letter, written from Head Quarters Redding on the same date and addressed to both Henry Knox and General "Green" (likely General Nathanael Greene), and also deals with lack of supplies for his brigade. The sixth letter (incomplete) is written by Knox to Parsons from Fishkill on 3 February 1780 and concerns Governor Jonathan Trumbull.

People: Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: US ConstitutionRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionGovernment and CivicsLawMilitary SuppliesRevolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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