Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Maunsell, John (ca. 1724-1795) to Henry Knox

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04783 Author/Creator: Maunsell, John (ca. 1724-1795) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 November 1790 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 31.2 x 20.4 cm.

Acknowledges Knox's letter on 10 November. Says he is sending a packet of "publick prints" that will explain the latest European political scene. England is in the process of making a peace with Spain, and Maunsell predicts that France will accept its new constitution. Mentions that William Knox has gone to Ireland and that Maunsell and P. Brett have seen him often. Tells Knox "our ministor" has been so occupied with the "Spanish business" that he has not had time to attend to other affairs including the United States. All correspondence between William Knox and America will go through Brett " for safety, and to save money." Asks Knox to give his regards to Horatio Gates and Robert Morris and his family.

[Draft excerpts]
"Our publick prints, carried to America, by the december packet, will make you better acquainted, with he politcks of Europe, than I can. You will see the convention between England, & Spain as well as HIs Majestys speech to the Parliament. We are disarming, but I thick that our peace establishment will be larger, than [formerly]. It is in general believed that the new constitution in france, will take place, a general toleration to plant tobacco in that Kingdon being carried in the national assembly, has had great influence in the minds of the people, in favour of the democratic plan - this is the talk of London - not my opinion.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources