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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00517 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Morristown, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 January 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Has just received her letter and assures her "my heart is yours although my Country demands my poor pittance to endevor to rescue her from barbarity." Feels this barbarity, exemplified by Indians slaughtering innocents, slaves killing their masters, and the general desolation caused by the Hessian mercenaries is all a result of British tyranny. Chastises the "boasted humanity of these people who calls themselves the mother Country!" Repeatedly expresses his love and longing for her. Warns her to "take care of your heart" with Colonel Stewart who will deliver this letter. States that he greatly enjoys writing to her. Discusses his papers and military affairs, but significant text is lost here. Expresses joy that "my friend Harry" is finally serving his country, and wishes Gods blessing to Lucy for "you and your babe." Dated 1776 but written in 1777.

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, American Indian History, Women's History, Religion, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Marriage, Patriotism, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Atrocity, Slavery, Slave Rebellion, Hessians, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Love Letters, Children and Family, Friendship

Sub Era: The War for Independence