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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07237 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 23 February 1799 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25.1 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Knox addresses his letter to "Gentlemen" and explains that working to improve Penobscot Bay and rivers has left him with considerable debt reaching $8,000 "due to Mr. Thorndike and six thousand dollars to another Gentleman his associate." Knox has arranged a plan of payment that includes Henry Jackson and Benjamin Lincoln endorsing Knox's notes. Knox goes on to describe his lands and how rapidly the population is increasing in the area.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: DebtFinanceInfrastructureLand TransactionLandlord and TenantImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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