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Hall, Elihu (b. 1755) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00510 Author/Creator: Hall, Elihu (b. 1755) Place Written: Wallingford, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Informs Knox that he put Lucy Knox and Mrs. Pollard up in his house when they could not find anywhere else to stay in New Haven. He did not know them, but had heard Knox himself was honourable, so let the women stay for a month while he was away. When the called him back to New Haven "to come & settle" he discovered that a number of things in his house had been broken. Someone had also drank "twenty five gallons Best west India Rum." Hall says he does not know for sure who drank the liquor or did the damage, but implies it was the women. Even if it was not he feels they were responsible for the house, and should be held accountable, but they refused to pay. Expects Knox to "settle the affair honorably" once he returns. The postscript mentions Lucy's troubles leaving town in her carriage due to heavy snow.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Hall, Elihu, b. 1755

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Women's History, Alcohol, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Finance, Transportation

Sub Era: The War for Independence