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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09324 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter Date: 30 March 1782 Pagination: 1 p. ; 30.8 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy advising Knox to speak to his colleague about his association and manner of speaking with another person. Writes that "I have every reason short of positive proof to believe the person here meant, is a Traitor to this Country, that he is in the pay of the Enemy..." Noted as written at the York Hutts and as a copy, "Copied and composed with the original Feb 8th 1854."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentTreasonRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyMilitary HistorySpyingLoyalist

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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