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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Winthrop Sargent

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05892 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript letter Date: 18 May 1793 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25.5 x 20.3 cm.

Later copy. References several of Sargent's letters and apologizes for not responding sooner. Hopes the arrival of "the Governor" will afford him an opportunity to visit the Atlantic States. Mentions the "political storm" pervading in Europe. Says the French are the cause of it. The copyist noted that the paper was thin and that he found the continuation of this letter with Colonel Sargent's son (see GLC02437.05894). It was copied on 21 November 1856. In the letter Knox continues his discussion of the French. Says "a little misfortune may teach them more moderation, and have a tendency to render their new 'republic' more stable."

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