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Crane, John (1744-1805) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03738 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 December 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.3 x 19 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03738 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 December 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.3 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the settlement of his accounts. Mentions being afraid that Mr. Peirce lost his accounts with the "certificates from My Officer and the accounts attested on Oath, [since] it will be very cruel to keep me out of my interest, it will be impossible for me now to procure the certificates again - " Says he does not owe money to the public and that if his troops at the Rhode Island expedition had not been paid, it would have become known by now. Noted as written in Passamaquady, which is most likely by Passamaquoddy Bay, in present-day Maine.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Crane, John, 1744-1805

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistorySoldier's PayFinanceOathRevolutionary WarContinental Army

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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