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Tousard, Louis de (1749-1817) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07728 Author/Creator: Tousard, Louis de (1749-1817) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 April 1802 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 23.9 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses his strained and tensed relationship with [Henry?] Dearborn. States, "Not being a Roman Catholic yourself, you cannot appreciate the feelings of a poor soul after having remained a long while in Purgatory, when the Angel comes to announce him that the time of penance is fulfilled and takes him to Paradise. It is a grand pity indeed, because in two words I could tell you what are my feelings at Being no more under the Command of such a contemptible wretch as that Dearborn is - you can have no idea of all the malignity, ignorance, and mean petty tricks, which himself and assistants have made use of to ruin me… Congress has taken me from his claws and there remains nothing now but his disappointed villainy and my utmost contempt of the man." Goes on to tell Knox he will be traveling to the West Indies to either fight the "blacks" in Saint-Domingue or to care for his plantations there. Bids Knox and his family farewell.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Tousard, Louis de, 1749-1817
Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: ReligionCatholicismMorality and EthicsCongressGovernment and CivicsTravelCaribbeanSlave RebellionSlaveryAfrican American HistoryImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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