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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Stephen Higginson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03317 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 October 1786 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.7 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Knox writes to Higginson, a former Congressman, to discuss Congress' opinions on amassing more troops in the frontier. Asks for his financial help, since Congress has good intentions in trying to fill the treasury, but there is not enough money now for emergencies. Writes, "Knowing your zeal for the public welfare, and your knowledge of our [brave] Boston patriots," he hopes Higginson will help him make arrangements to encourage others to help as well. See GLC02437.03336 and .03343 for related information.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Higginson, Stephen, 1743-1828

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American Indian HistoryRevolutionary War GeneralContinental CongressCongressMilitary HistoryWestward ExpansionFinanceRecruitmentGovernment and CivicsMobs and RiotsRebellionShays' RebellionFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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