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Bauman, Sebastian (1739-1803) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06077 Author/Creator: Bauman, Sebastian (1739-1803) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 April 1794 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32.7 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes about the impending war and declares that Knox should "give up any consideration for the common or public good of our country." Discusses the necessity of finding an "American" engineer to help prevent the "enemy" from learning the strengths of their ports. Recommends searching for "geniuses in America" and to have the government give them as much assistance it can afford. Also, suggests New York having four companies of artillery during war and two during peace. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Bauman, Sebastian, 1739-1803
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralAmerican StatesmenGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary HistoryMaritimeScience and TechnologyStanding ArmyArtillery

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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