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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Henry Jackson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05547 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 July 1792 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31.6 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: States a Mr. Harper, a performer, will deliver this letter to Jackson. Writes, "He proposes to visit Boston with Monsieur [Alexander] Placide, in order to exhibit such specimens of theatre performances as may be permitted, and the astonishing powers of Mr. Placide on the tight rope." Recommends Mr. Harper to Jackson.

Background Information: Alexander Placide was a French-born dancer, acrobat, actor, tightrope walker, and theatre impresario. The son of travelling acrobats, Placide studied dance in Paris, had his first theatrical success as a ...tightrope walker at the court of Louis XVI, and toured Europe with his acrobat troupe.See More

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Placide, Alexander, 1750-1812

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralArt, Music, Theater, and FilmLetter of Introduction or RecommendationCircus

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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