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Cobb, David (1748-1830) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05726 Author/Creator: Cobb, David (1748-1830) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 December 1792 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Forwards Knox a journal pertaining to Cobb's survey for a possible canal from Boston to the Connecticut River. See GLC02437.05542 for the enclosed journal. Docket in Knox's hand states "Journal of the Journey in exploring the Country between Connecticut River & Boston." Also notes, "Our Elections this day are unanimous for the old King & his second, - partie influence has had no effect on the votes for the latter," referring to a meeting of the Electoral College, which elected George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president.

People: Cobb, David, 1748-1830.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Washington, George

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War General, Infrastructure, Geography and Natural History, Surveying, Travel, Election, Government and Civics, President Vice President, Federalists, Politics, Canals

Sub Era: The Early Republic