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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Samuel Breck

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04292 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 16 July 1789 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32 x 19.8 cm.

Writes that this letter will be handed to Breck by Mr. John Henry, who works for the American Theatre. Since Pennsylvania has repealed laws against dramatic performance, Mr. Henry wants to expand his theatre into that state. Contends that the theatre under the direction of Mr. Henry and a Miss Hallan is conducted with the greatest propriety.

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