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Burwell, Lewis (1745-1800) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07415 Author/Creator: Burwell, Lewis (1745-1800) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 May 1800 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Burwell tells Knox he received his letter through "Mr. Pope," who did not call on Burwell when he was first in town because he said he was in a rush. Mr. Pope informs Burwell that Knox's son "is on board of one our Frigates in Hampton Road" but has not seen him yet. In a postscript Burwell tells Knox to tell his son that Burwell would welcome seeing him.

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