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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00421 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 August 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses corresponding with his wife. Discusses domestic issues like food, clothing, and money, and a sick servant. Asks Lucy to assist Mrs. Jonathan Pollard, who is in need of money. Comments on firing on the Phoenix and other British vessels sailing up the Hudson river and receiving return fire. He expects General William Howe to attack at any time. Discusses Sarah Mifflin, the wife of Brigadier General Thomas Mifflin, as the only lady among the army. Tells Lucy to measure his affection but his letters' content, not their length. Notes that the newspapers are reporting 70,000 men in the area, but he "dont believe the half of it."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
Morris, Sarah, b. 1747.
Mifflin, Sarah Morris, b. 1747.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Navy, Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights), Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Marriage, Diet and nutrition, Clothing and Accessories, Finance, Health and Medical, Indentured Servant, Women's History, Navy, Artillery, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Journalism, Continental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence