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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Henry Knox declines subscribing to the building of a theatre]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05168 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 September 1791 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 30.8 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed in text. Knox, writing in the third person, proclaims great respect for Thomas Wignell and Alexander Reinagle "yet he begs leave to decline subscribing to the erection of a new theatre" (likely the Chestnut Street Theater in Philadelphia).

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralArt, Music, Theater, and FilmBuilding ConstructionFinance

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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