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Miranda, Francisco de (1750-1816) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04848 Author/Creator: Miranda, Francisco de (1750-1816) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 February 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : 22.6 x 18.9 cm.

Thanks Knox for his letter of 6 September 1790. Writes he is pleased "to see the flourishing State in which N. America is grown...and wished that my own poor miserable Country in the South, could say the same." Comments on the plans for the new militia and says he agrees with Knox that "the forme of the Roman Legion is infitely [sic] superior to any other Organization or military arangement [sic] we know yet!"

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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