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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to James Bowdoin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04033 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 November 1788 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.1 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written in the thrid person and signed in text. Informs Bowdoin that he will depart for New York on 24 November, and offers to transmit letters to Lady Temple. Notes that the "Marquis de Santa Cruz, and Duque de Almodovar are the [Grandees] of Spain who would be highly flattered by being admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences."

Background Information: "Duque de Almondovar" likely refers to the VII Marqués de Almodóvar del Río, Pedro Francisco Ximénez de Góngora y Luján (1727-1794).

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790
Almodovar del Rio, Pedro Francisco Jimenez de Gongora y Lujan, duque de, 1727-1794

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyArt, Music, Theater, and FilmLiterature and Language ArtsWomen's HistoryLetter of Introduction or Recommendation

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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