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Crane, John (1744-1805) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04377 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 October 1789 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses settling his account with the Paymasters Office. Mentions having written to Knox several times and has yet to receive a reply. Describes current financial difficulties, including suffering the loss of a saw mill in a fire. Noted as written in Passamaquady, which is most likely in the vicinity of Passamaquoddy Bay in present-day Maine.

People: Crane, John, 1744-1805.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War General, Finance, Mill, Disaster, Government and Civics, Military History, Revolutionary War, Continental Army, Artillery

Sub Era: The Early Republic