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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Henry Simpson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06064 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter Date: 18 March 1794 Pagination: 8 p. ; 32 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes his mason regarding the construction of his house (his future estate, Montpelier, in Maine). Requests Mr. [Henry] Simpson to provide General [Henry] Jackson with an estimate of the supplies that will be needed. Reminds him he wants a well built house, but also desires it to be plain and not made of expensive carvings or ornaments. Informs Mr. Simpson he will not be present during the beginning of construction and is relying on his expertise and reputation. Allows for him to choose which workmen to hire but insists all agreements are made in writing. Gives detailed instructions on the size and style of each room, including the windows and doors. This includes the foundation of the house, the cellar, basement, flooring, parlor, chamber story, oval room, and various other rooms. Discusses moving the house further north and reminds him to show this letter to Captain [Thomas] Vose and to listen to Vose's instructions.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Simpson, Henry, fl. 1794
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Vose, Thomas, 1753-1810

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralWaldo PatentBuilding ConstructionArtisansFinanceArchitectureContract

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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