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Houston, Robert (1765-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07552 Author/Creator: Houston, Robert (1765-1824) Place Written: Belfast, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 June 1801 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 29.7 x 18.4 cm.

Describes a shooting incident where he and his colleagues were fired on (likely involving the conflict between the settlers and Knox's surveying). Also lists various men who have been apprehended. Mentions he does not believe his armed force is sufficient enough to apprehend everyone and requests immediate help.

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