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Doughty, John (1754-1826) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03927 Author/Creator: Doughty, John (1754-1826) Place Written: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 July 1788 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32 x 20.7 cm.

Written from Fort Pitt. Thanks Knox for his assistance: "...it has extricated me from a Difficulty which all men must feel who are in Debt, & fail in their resources for payment." Congratulates Knox on Virginia's adoption of the Constitution, writing "I am in Hopes Health & Vigour will soon be restored to our Body politic- This happy circumstance must cheer the Hearts of our Countrymen, particularly those of our military Brethren, who have been struggling through the late Revolution, & who to their immortal Honor appear to feel so much for the Honor and Dignity of their Country- so I flatter myself it will not be saying too much, to assert that our society are more generally advocates for good government, than perhaps any other class of citizens." Marked "private" on the address leaf.

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