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Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04426 Author/Creator: Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) Place Written: Hartford, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 December 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Returns warrants that Knox requested (refer to GLC02437.04422). Sends news that his family is recovering from influenza. Discusses the Marquis de Lafayette and the French Revolution: "Our friend the Marquis is indeed in a perilous situation, but he is in great spirits & I hope will succeed. Tho I fear they are [aiming] at more liberty than is consistent with good Government, I do not think France can for a great many years to come be governed by a very free Liberal system - but they were before wretched enough & it was time to make an experiment they could loose nothing but their Heads (the common people) & they could spare them well enough. if nobody had told them they were wretched I think they would not soon have found it out."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralFinanceHealth and MedicalDiseaseChildren and FamilyFreemenFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFreedom and IndependenceGovernment and CivicsPoverty

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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