Summary of Content: John Brooks, a member of the Massachusetts General Court, writes to Knox on a wide variety of political subjects. Discusses the Society of the Cincinnati, land grants to common people, redress of grievances of the public, and the passage of a treason act. Also reports the opinion of their mutual friend Putnam [perhaps General Rufus Putnam] on these subjects. Lastly, he and his wife send their regards to Mrs. Lucy Knox. A small piece of the page was torn away but has been retained with the document.
Background: General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824), a resident of Massachusetts, worked as a land surveyor after the Revolution and was a staunch advocate of land grants, according to preliminary research. He would subsequently go on to settle a large party of war veterans in Ohio.