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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03447 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 9 February 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Unsigned, and marked "copy." Body of the letter in the hand of Robert Pemberton, Knox's aide. Knox refers to a previous letter he sent to Lincoln (see GLC02437.03446). Thanks him for his last letter, and believes his recent services to the government (by leading troops to suppress Shays' Rebellion) will prove beneficial. Writes, "A Congress of seven States has been lately formed. Our old friend General [Arthur] St. Clair president. Nearly three months elapsed between the time Congress ought to have been and the time it was actually formed." Adds, "I have written you an official letter respecting some troops I have ordered to Springfield." Discusses where these troops are currently stationed, and how they will arrive at Springfield. Urges him to "keep your attention fixed on the Stores and to afford them as ample protection as your force will admit, and the case may require." Mentions the variety of rumors he has heard regarding the status of Lincoln's regiment, but has heard that Generals [Rufus] Putnam and [Benjamin] Tupper are with him and if so, sends his regards to them.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Tupper, Benjamin, 1738-1792
St. Clair, Arthur, 1734-1818
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitiaRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionContinental CongressCongressGovernment and CivicsMilitary SuppliesArtilleryAmmunition

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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