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Knox, Lucy Flucker (ca. 1756-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10012 Author/Creator: Knox, Lucy Flucker (ca. 1756-1824) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 May 1777 Pagination: 2 p. ; 37.3 x 23.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written at "Sewal's Point," evidently Sewall's Point, in Brookline, Massachusetts. Their daughter, Lucy, has small pox, and "the poor little soul- is covered from head to foot with it- she has upwards of eaighty [sic] on her sweet face..." Relates that Billy (Knox's brother William) has returned from Providence, Rhode Island. General [Henry] Jackson will begin recruiting troops soon, and General [William] Heath informed Lucy that an order has been issued for Jackson's troops to remain in Boston. Remarks, "the people in Boston are all mad moving out as fast as possible, for fear of genl Burgoyne- for my part I shall not stop short when I go- which will not be till there is real danger- they say he is now at Nashua, with ten thousand men..."

Full Transcript: [Draft]
May 8th, 1777

My dear Harry
I did not expect to have wrote you again from this place, but Heaven ordained it be. I write you, by the past post, ...that we had got thro the worst of this terrible distemper and in a day or two could return home -- but how greatly was I mistaken. My little innocence was suddenly taken very ill -- she lay two days -- without noticing any one and I may say without life or motion -- and on the third broke out with the small pox. as the Doctors tell me, in the natural way -- She poor little soul is covered from head to foot with it -- She has upwards of eighty in her sweet face -- but it is a fine sort and the Doctors say will not leave a mark -- tis now upon the turn -- my Harry shed one tear -- at thinking what an anxious mother feels at such a crisis -- the partner of my Soul is gone -- he who would share and sooth my cares is far far away -- and when I again shall see him, not I but heaven and he can tell,
Billy has returned from Providence -- but in such a condition that he has not been to see me -- his hands and arms are continued sore -- so bad that he cannot use them -- he is at the place where he used to board -- As I shut up the house when I left it -- I am very desirous to get to town upon his account -- but must wait the recovery of my little darling.
Col. Jackson has got his affair thro the court -- and means to begin recruiting immediately -- but General Heath tells me there is an order for his and Lees regiments to remain in Boston. If so I believe tis but a finese -- to take in the men to inlist -- the people in Boston are all mad moving out as fast as possible, for fear of Genl Burgoine. for my part I shall not stop short when I go -- which will not be till there is real danger they say he is now at Nashua, with ten thousand men -- means to land at Braintree and march to us -- I do not doubt but half the number might march thro the country -- but all my hopes are, that they will not try -- after the affair of Danbury, I think we have nothing to hope from militia -- are we not excellent politicians to place our stores in the midst of our enemys I remember to have heard frequently (when I was in Connecticut) that there was scarce a whig in the place.
poor Uncle Winslow, my Harry -- What an unhappy step was his going away for his poor family -- now he is dead what will become of them I cannot think what they will do -- I expect a long letter from you tonight -- oh that you may tell me to come to Springfield -- that I may once more see you -- I have ten thousand things to say to you -- tis very hard -- but I will not complain -- I would write more but my spirits are agitated and my heart heavy -- God bless, my dearest life, think of me and pray for me -- yours entirely
Lucy Knox
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792
Heath, William, 1737-1814
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1776-1854

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: EpidemicDiseaseMedical HistoryWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyHealth and MedicalSmallpoxRecruitmentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyRefugees

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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