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Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06117 Author/Creator: Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) Place Written: Greenville, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 June 1794 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 30.7 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs Knox the people of Kentucky have been opposing the general government. Mentions he enclosed an extract of a letter from a witness to an incident that took place in Kentucky. Notes the letter shows the present temper of the people. Reports the incident took place in Lexington, Kentucky and involved men overtaking the rostrum and addressing the people "in the most inflammatory & invective language." Comments two men gave elaborate speeches for two hours and ended the speech declaring they were pro Britain occupying the N.W. Banks of the Ohio. Also notes an earlier incident where the people refused bank notes and would not receive or deliver any supplies unless paid in species. Discusses his concerns with paying the mounted volunteers in bank notes.

People: Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralAmerican StatesmenFrontiers and ExplorationGovernment and CivicsRebellionMobs and RiotsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyBoundary or Property DisputeFinanceBankingCoins and CurrencySoldier's PayMilitia

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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