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Smith, William Stephens (1755-1816) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07245 Author/Creator: Smith, William Stephens (1755-1816) Place Written: East Chester, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 March 1799 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 24.7 x 20.3 cm.

Smith tells Knox that Smith has "consented once more to, enter into the tented field." Smith reminds Knox of a book he gave Knox of portraits of European soldiers. Smith asks that Knox give it "to the President." (Smith is President John Adams's son-in-law.)

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