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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Jeremiah Wadsworth

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03376 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 December 1786 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Has received Wadsworth's last letter, and so has the Board of Treasury. Hopes he will not delay coming; everything rests on him, as everything stops until he and Mr. [Robert] Morris sign the papers (they are preparing a loan to Congress). Writes, "For Gods sake do not delay a single moment longer than is indispensably necessary." Discusses the Shays insurgents and mentions that he does not believe they will recede. Will write via Mr. [Rufus] King if he hears any more news. Also mentions several people who have been recently elected from Maryland to the national Congress.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
Shays, Daniel, 1747-1825
King, Rufus, 1755-1827

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMobs and RiotsRebellionShays' RebellionFinanceContinental CongressCongressElection

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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