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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Maunsell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04904 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 April 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Secretary of War Knox reports to Maunsell that "our Country is busily employed in arranging the public debt, forming a national bank, proprietary canals and a number of other useful things." Knox goes on to say that "Great Britain "... is about declaring to Russia, the terms upon which that power may make peace with the Turks." Knox asks Maunsell to give an enclosed letter to his brother William.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Maunsell, John, 1724-1795

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralAssumption of State DebtDebtBank of the USBankingCanalsInfrastructureCommerceTransportationPeaceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyEconomicsFinanceMilitary HistoryDiplomacy

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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