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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00481 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: White Plains, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 November 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Urges her to cheer up and look to the future: "Providence,...is [missing text] excellent rock to rest upon." Discusses overcoming recent ill health. Reiterates that he thinks she should spend the winter in Boston. Explains that the British army seems to be retiring, but it might be a feint. If the British head to New Jersey or Philadelphia, Knox must follow. Discusses the battle in White Plains. Mentions problems with the post.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of White Plains, Health Women's History, Health and Medical, Religion, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Revolutionary War, Military History, Battle, Post Office

Sub Era: The War for Independence