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Ogden, Samuel (1746-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07872 Author/Creator: Ogden, Samuel (1746-1810) Place Written: Newark, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 July 1804 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.4 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Was exceedingly happy to receive Knox's last letter, and he and his family hope to have letters from the Knoxes more frequently. Does not believe his health permits traveling, including visiting Knox, but asks whether the Knox family might be able to visit the Ogdens next winter. Writes, "The unhappy death of poor [Alexander] Hamilton has thrown all this part of our Country into a State of real sorrow: He certainly is very much to be lamented. He was really a great and good man, and I fear has not left many like him behind. [Aaron] Burr is not now visible; He will however soon return to New York, which he will find really unpleasant; Indeed such is the public feeling on this occasion, that he must expect a prosecution of a very serious nature."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Ogden, Samuel, 1746-1810
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Ogden, Euphemia Morris, 1754-1818
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Entertaining and HospitalityTravelAmerican StatesmenDeathDuelHealth and MedicalLaw

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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