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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to David McClure

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04098 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 January 1789 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 20.2 cm.

Received his recent letter (GLC02437.04059). Remarks about remembering the joyful times they had playing together as children: "Our juvenile sports and the joyful sensations they excited are fresh in my mind; and what to me renders the remembrance peculiarly precious is that I always flattered myself that our hearts and minds were similarly constructed." Comments that their situations as adults have been very different, since McClure has been exploring the moral and material world as a clergyman. Discusses his own religious beliefs. Mentions his plans to see McClure during a trip to Connecticut, or arrange for McClure to visit him in New York. Finally, describes his wife and children (three sons and two daughters, and three children deceased) as well as his brother William.

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