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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09329 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 28 February 1785 Pagination: 4 p. ; 32 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy of a letter by George Washington to Henry Knox, discussing, a gift Washington has received from the Virginia State Legislature, and his desire not to accept any such gifts. Also mentions his need for limestone and other personal affairs. Copy made 6 March 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: PresidentGiftGovernment and CivicsBuilding ConstructionIndustryMount Vernon

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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