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McClure, David (1748-1820) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00006 Author/Creator: McClure, David (1748-1820) Place Written: Hanover, New Hampshire Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 March 1771 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Describes the wilderness of New Hampshire around Dartmouth College, commenting on its advantages and disadvantages. Discusses the college and his position with the Grammar School. Ruminates on the potential benefits of the college to society, commenting that it will train young men "who shall do special Service in their Day to the Interest of our dear Immanuel's Kingdom." A post script instructs Knox to send mail to McClure at Dartmouth College and requests Knox send him a copy of Wood's "New England's Prospect," a history of the Indians of New England. Writes to Knox about missionary work among Native Americans near Dartmouth College. Native Americans are the 'tawny inhabitants'. McClure spells his name Maccluer.

People: McClure, David, 1748-1820.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Geography and Natural History, American Indian History, Frontiers and Exploration, Education Religion, Literature and Language Arts

Sub Era: Road to Revolution