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Jeffries, John (fl. 1790) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04705 Author/Creator: Jeffries, John (fl. 1790) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 August 1790 Pagination: 5 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Jeffries writes to Knox thanking him for his kindness. Says he fears more for his wife whose "constitution" is particularly vulnerable, which also prevents Jeffries from traveling from Boston. Asks Knox to present a copy of his [aerial] narrative to the President of the United States, George Washington.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jeffries, John, fl. 1790

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralTravelMarriageHealth and MedicalWomen's HistoryBallooningPresidentGiftAviationLiterature and Language ArtsScience and Technology

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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