Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Joseph Williams

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Log in
to see this thumbnail image

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03313 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Fairfield, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 October 1786 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32 x 19.8 cm.

A high-resolution version of this object is available for registered users. LOG IN

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03313 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Fairfield, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 October 1786 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Wrote last to Major Williams while at Springfield regarding the protection of military stores. Has heard that in the absence of General Sheppard [probably William Shepard], a Colonel Chapin will be in command. Asks Williams to talk to Colonel Chapin about rounding up the Connecticut Militia. Has made arrangements with the Governor of this state [perhaps Samuel Huntington, Governor of Connecticut], and with General [possibly Roger] Newberry, who will be traveling to Springfield.

Background Information: Knox is referring to events surrounding Shays' Rebellion, which occurred in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1786 to 1787.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Williams, Joseph, 1753-1819
Newberry, Roger, fl. 1786
Shepard, William, 1737-1817
Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionArtilleryMobs and RiotsRebellionShays' RebellionGovernment and CivicsMilitia

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources