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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to David Ramsay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04778 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 21 November 1789 Pagination: 5 p. ; 32 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses Ramsay's idea of publishing the names of all the officers in the Continental Army in the appendix of Ramsay's history. Although originally pleased with Ramsay's idea, Knox is now against the idea. "Upon examining the list I found it abounding with omissions and errors." Believes "the loss of papers" can lead to misinformation and inaccuracies, such as officers who were transferred or left the service. Says that he was "convinced that your motive for the publication was to perpetuate honorably the names of the officers of the Army," but now Knox is not sure of this.

Background Information: David Ramsay wrote a biography of George Washington eight years after Washington's death.

People: Ramsay, David, 1749-1815
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyLiterature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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