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Knox, William (1756-1795) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04768 Author/Creator: Knox, William (1756-1795) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: November 3, 1790 Pagination: 4 p. ; 23 x 18.8 cm.

William tells Secretary of War Henry Knox that since his last letter to Henry of October 29 (GLC02437.04759) he has discussed with Hannah Harwood the money she owed Mr. Longman and has "delivered her the care of Watch furniture and seeds from Mrs. Knox." William explains the reason that Harwood is holding back payment to Mr. Longman. She hopes "that the other creditors would agree to her paying him the full sum of 1300 pounds." The agent for the creditors, Mr. Frazer, believes she has a case, and the prospect of a lawsuit would prevent the creditors from pursuing one. Nevertheless, "she is desirous of having your receipt lodged with Mr. Longman in full of all demands, in case of non success in the before mentioned negotiation and positively declines sending the Bond of her Uncle, which you request until this receipt is in her possession." Has not been able to negotiate any land sales for Knox while in England, and hopes he will have more success in Ireland. William saw Francisco de Miranda yesterday and learned that Stephen Sayre is in Paris. De la Luzerne is giving William a dinner the next day which is expected to contain "a large company of foreigners." "M. Le Chevalier de Freire is appointed Resident to America from the Queen of Portugal." William describes him as "a liberal, sensible and worthy character." However, he will not go to America until America has made a reciprocal appointment to Portugal. William closes noting that "the British fleet is still at Spithead, no stroke yet struck."

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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