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Brown, John (1736-1803) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06698 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1736-1803) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 9 April 1796 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.6 x 17.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Mentions that the people of Worcester, Providence, and the towns in between would like a canal to be built to service those areas. They have set plans in motion, and he has enclosed a subscription form (not present), hoping Knox will become one of the proprietors of the canal project. Refers to Knox's earlier investment in a project to build a canal from Boston through Worcester on the Connecticut River, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Given that research suggests the present canal to be more promising, asks if Knox, being "of a liberal Mind," would support it. Emphasizes that the canal will be a lucrative investment when completed.

People: Brown, John, 1736-1803
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: TransportationCanalsInfrastructureBuilding Construction

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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