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Brooks, John (1752-1825) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03227 Author/Creator: Brooks, John (1752-1825) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 December 1785 Pagination: 1

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.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Brooks, John, 1752-1825.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Society of the Cincinnati, Land Transaction, Revolutionary War General, Government and Civics, Politics, Fraternal Organization, Continental Army, Military History, Law, Finance, Loyalist, Treason

Sub Era: Creating a New Government