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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Robert Morris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03323 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 1 November 1786 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that two days prior he sailed to New Haven to see Mr. Gouverneur Morris, and returned last night. Also met with Colonel [Jeremiah] Wadsworth, to discuss business (a plan Wadsworth was working on with Robert Morris to loan money to Congress - see GLC02437.003314 and .03318). Writes, "He appears to think [well] of the efficacy of the proposed plans, and will I am persuaded engage in it on proper principles." Could not convince Wadsworth to return with him to New York, since Wadsworth is a member of the Legislature and needed to remain in town. Will come to New York within the next few days, and has asked Knox to request that Mr. Gouverneur Morris will meet with Wadsworth at that time. Is extremely anxious to make sure that the meeting happens, "as all other arrangements [strikeout] are suspended in the mean time."

Full Transcript: [draft]
New York Wednesday 1 Novr 1786
My dear Sir Agreably to a line I write Mr Gouverneur Morris on Sunday [strikeout] [inserted: I sailed] for New Haven and arrivd there on ...Mondy morng, I returned there last night [struck: and had the satisfaction of seeing Colonel Wadsworth]
I had the [satisfacty] [sic] of [communicatg] [inserted: fully] with Colo Wadsworth - He appears to think well of the efficacy of the proposed plan, and will I am persuaded engage in it on proper principles - Being a member of the [Legesture] [sic] and some matters of importance being in [agitation], he could not agreeably to my wishes accompany me back to this city, but he engages to be here on Sunday, or at furthest on Monday next, and he has desired me to request that Mr Gouverneur Morris [struck: might] would meet him here [inserted: at that time] in order to [strikeout] [inserted: decide] fully [strikeout] [inserted: on the proposed] business - [strikeout] he would have agreed [struck: to go to] [inserted: have proceeded to] Philadelphia had not his [strikeout] Legislative engagements prevented.
I mentiond the idea of Mr Rusell [strikeout] [inserted: being] already in the [strikeout] [transacting] which [2] [he was peculiarly agreeable to this] I am extremely anxious that nothg [strikeout] should prevent this interview, as all other arrangements [strikeout] are suspended in the mean time
I am Dear Sir
With perfect respect
Yr very humble svt
The honorable
Robert Morris Esqr
[docket]
The honorable Robert
Morris 1 Nov 1786
Favored by Mr Smith
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionFinanceTravel

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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