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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to George Ulmer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07564 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Thomaston, Maine Type: Manuscript letter Date: 11 July 1801 Pagination: 4 p. ; 21.1 x 17.6 cm.

Letter is possibly a copy. The letter is not signed but based on the content it is likely from Knox. Continues to discuss the ongoing conflict with the settlers and the surveyors on the north part of the Waldo patent. Informs Knox of rumors of men gathering to head to Castine, Maine to release the prisoners but does not appear to take much stock in the reports. Says, "I cannot believe that a considerable number of men can be found who will go into direct rebellion against [the] laws of there country without [the] least cause who have no claim upon me, who are not upon my lands, & of course are totally unconnected with me." Goes on to describe the steps they should take and the consequences if a large number of settler rise against them. Addressee name was added later in red pen.

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