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Knox, William (1756-1795) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00431 Author/Creator: Knox, William (1756-1795) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 September 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Applauds the detection of a German traitor named Ledwitz, who had been appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army. Discusses various orders for payment Henry made. Discusses the last two letters he received from Lucy Knox. Has heard that Halifax was burned down by 500 Indians led by Frank Shaw. Discusses need for guns for privateers in Boston and for Continental frigates. Discusses the comparative advantages of large versus small ships, because Henry Jackson is going to arrange for a vessel that Henry "shall be concern'd in." Notes that new regiments have been raised but are waiting to come to Boston until the smallpox is gone. Comments on news about the Battle of Long Island. "We heard they attempted to land the [sic] different times but was as often repuls'd by the riflemen, who lay ambus'd - with great loss, & were forced to keep on board ship! I thik it cant be long...before the great the important blow will be struck...may god...grant those who wish & indeavour to inslave a free people...be driven of[f] the field in disgrace." Describes his company's black uniforms, which he thinks Henry will laugh at. Written on the fourth page is the address leaf and an extensive note. The note written on 2 September 1776 reports newspaper accounts of a naval battle between the Spanish and the British in the Mediterranean and letters from Col. [Ethan] Allen and Mastr. [James] Lovell.

People: Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Lucy Flucker.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Navy, Privateering, Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights), Smallpox, American Indian History, Economics, Diseas Religion, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Immigration and Migration, Continental Army, Treason, Spying, Finance, Canada, Weaponry, Artillery, Recruitment, Hessians, Health and Medical, Battle, Freedom and Independence, Military Uniforms, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Prisoner of War

Sub Era: The War for Independence