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Russell, Thomas (fl. 1793) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05791 Author/Creator: Russell, Thomas (fl. 1793) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 January 1793 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.5 x 18.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Written in Russell's hand, but is signed by both Russell and James Sullivan. References a letter they wrote to Knox on 9 December 1792. That letter received no answer, so they are repeating its contents in this letter. They are writing in their capacity as committee members appointed by the directors of the Middlesex Canal Company. The directors are happy that Knox is friendly to their plan. Says they are under "a greater necessity to procure a man who is skilled in the business of Canalling who can point us to the place where under all circumstances, the canal ought to be cut." Heard that there is a man in Philadelphia who came at the invitation of Mr. Morris. They are asking Knox to enquire "whether such an Artist is there, and whether we can obtain his aid for a time."

People: Sullivan, James, 1744-1808
Russell, Thomas, fl. 1793
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralCanalsInfrastructureSurveyingGeography and Natural HistoryScience and TechnologyFinanceTransportation

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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