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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05691 Author/Creator: Miranda, Francisco de (1750-1816) Place Written: Paris, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 November 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.3 x 19.8 cm.

Declares that "...things are coming to maturity; and the Period advancing when our dear Country America shall become that glorious part of the Globe, that nature intended her to be! and that those Skemes our Patriotism sugested to our minds in our Semposiums at Boston, are not far from being realized." Asks Knox to present his compliments to George Washington, writing, "his benevolence and love of Liberty, will tend allways to promote the hapiness, & be beneficial to mankind."

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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