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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to George Washington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06633 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 21 February 1796 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to recommend several people to serve as American Commissioners to Great Britain, including a Mr. [Christopher] Gore, a Mr. [Theophilus] Parsons, and Judge [James] Sullivan, the Attorney-General of Massachusetts, "in pursuance of the late treaty" (Jay's Treaty). Was asked by friends to recommend these individuals. He and his wife send their respects to Mrs. Washington.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Boston 21 February 1796.
[inserted - different hand: H.K. to Washington]
My dear Sir
I have been [struck: urged] [inserted: requested] by several respectable characters at this place to name ...for your consideration Mr Gore, of this vicinity as a suitable character [struck: as] [inserted: for] one of the Commissioners to repair to Great Britain in pursuance of the late treaty. I before took the liberty of suggesting his name upon another occasion and to express my [struck: perfect] full conviction of his fitness for [struck: public] high confidential public employment His abilities are respectable as will appear by [struck: his and] two pieces published [struck: under] [inserted: with] the Signature of Manley and The Federalist. His fortune is handsome - His manners remarkably engaging and his integrity [struck: unimpeached] [inserted: unquestionable] He has no children & therefore would [struck: I presume] I am well persuaded have no objection to the mission alluded to I have [2] also been requested to name Judge Sullivan the attorney Genl of this state [struck: as a person who might like to serve] as a Commissioner for ascertaining the boundary [struck: of] the St Croix - He has written a history of the district of Maine in which this subject is [struck: mentioned] somewhat discussed.
[struck: Knowing [struck: well] your desire [struck: for] upon all occasions of having characters [inserted: for employment] [struck: suggested to you] brought to view I have taken the liberty of naming the above gentlemen, being well persuaded that you will]
I have named these Gentlemen with [struck: the] less diffidence that I otherwise should [struck: do] [inserted: have done] were I not well [struck: informed] [inserted: knowing] of your desire of having upon all important occassions, [inserted: the names of] as many [inserted: proper] candidates [inserted: before you] as possible -
Mrs. Knox unites with me in presenting ourselves affectionately to your and Mrs. Washingtons [struck: recollection] [inserted: remembrance]
[3] Mr [strike-out] Parsons of this state have also been suggested as very suitable for One of the Commissioners, to [strike-out] [inserted: adjust matters] in United States in pursuance of the said treaty - His knowledge and talents are of the first class -

I am my dear Sir
with great respect your
Obedient Servant -

Boston 21 Feby 1796 The President of the United States -
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
Sullivan, James, 1744-1808
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Letter of Introduction or RecommendationDiplomacyGovernment and CivicsGlobal History and CivicsJay's TreatyTreaty

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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