Sayre, Stephen (1736-1818) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03989 Author/Creator: Sayre, Stephen (1736-1818) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 October 1788 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 19.2 cm.
Describes his recent liberation from a "long & illegal confinement" and the defense of his liberty against a "malignant Villain." Warns Knox against the "growing Influence of the Law & Lawyers." Discusses his [unspecified] proposition regarding the navy. Hopes Knox will present his idea to Congress, and asks George Washington's opinion on the subject (Sayre is apparently trying to secure a contract with Congress for the navy). Defends his character and declares his resolve. Mentions [Francisco de] Miranda and refers to his "former friend" [William] Duer, who Sayre regrets is no longer responding to Sayre's letters.
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