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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09328 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 5 January 1785 Pagination: 4 p. ; 30.9 x 20.3 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09328 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 5 January 1785 Pagination: 4 p. ; 30.9 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy: "Copied from & composed with the original Feb'y 8 1854." Discusses a headache as a result of various responsibilities and states that he will "employ some person who shall ease me of the drudgery of this business at any rate if the whole of it is thereby suspended..." Also discusses aspects of the Western Territory, trade and mutual friends.

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: PresidentMount VernonHealth and MedicalFrontiers and ExplorationMerchants and TradeCommerceNorthwest Territory

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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