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Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04736 Author/Creator: Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814) Place Written: Plymouth, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 September 1790 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 22.8 x 18.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes in full, "Though some of my late letters have been received by the minister at War with a silence which perhaps ought to forbid further interruption: yet I will not suppose it as designed neglect & ask my friend General Knox to accept a small volume lately offered the public his most obedient humble servant, M Warren." See GLC02437.04751 for what is most likely Knox's reply to this letter.

Background Information: In 1790 Mercy Otis Warren published "Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous," the first work bearing her name.

People: Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryPoetryLiterature and Language ArtsGiftFriendshipRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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