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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Francisco de Miranda

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04718 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 September 1790 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 20.7 cm.

Acknowledges two letters Colonel Miranda sent him "from the Continent." Says he could not respond because of government business. Thanks Miranda for making him known to Count Paolo Andreani who was at the time traveling through "northern parts of this State." Returns a letter to Miranda that Miranda had originally enclosed in Knox's letter. Says the recipient, an "old female friend" of Miranda's, believed "her situation rendered it improper" to accept the letter. Mentions the military situation developing between Spain and England, and reports that "the prospects of this country are good, the new government is approved, and the head of it adored." Docketed in Knox's hand.

Francisco de Miranda's full name is Francisco Sebastián de Miranda y Rodríguez de Espinosa, but he was most commonly referred to as "Francisco de Miranda."

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