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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09327 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 20 February 1784 Pagination: 4 p. ; 31 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy of a letter to Knox discussing extra rations at West Point, a meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati and his adjustment to longer longer being in public duty. Copy made 2 February 1854.

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

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralPresidentMilitary HistorySociety of the CincinnatiGovernment and CivicsMilitary ProvisionsFraternal OrganizationWest Point (US Military Academy)Mount Vernon

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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