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Richards, John (1753-1822) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09853 Author/Creator: Richards, John (1753-1822) Place Written: Gouldsboro, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 September 1798 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.4 x 17.8 cm.

Regretfully informs Knox he is unable to accept Knox's invitation due to General [David?] Cobb's upcoming absence. Mentions Knox will likely see Cobb during his journey and can get information from this years proceedings from Cobb. Also updates Knox on news they have received from over seas. Notes the achievements made in Italy and speaks of continuing the "external overthrow of the french Republic." Written from Gouldsborough, present day Gouldsboro, Maine.

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