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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00356 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 July 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Chastises William for not writing more. Discusses the recent Tory plot to either capture or assassinate George Washington and the subsequent hanging of a member of the General's Guard named John Rickey, a misidentification of Thomas Hickey, the only person hanged for the conspiracy. Discusses General William Howe's position at Sandy Hook with 130 ships and his ability to strike the city in about three hours. They are expecting an attack any time and Henry speculates that if Howe "comes up like a man and brings his ships too before our Batteries, there must be the finest sight...that ever was seen." Discusses the Continental Army's preparedness, mentioning that he has 1200 men and that the inhospitable sentiment in New York has bolstered their determination. Reports that Lucy, General Greens lady [Catherine Green], and Mrs. Jonathan Pollard have gone to Fairfield, Connecticut. Discusses the invasion of Canada, indicating that the Continental Army has been forced back and hopes to make a stand at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. Asks William to inform Captain Ebenezer Stevens wife that he loves her. Also asks him to show this letter to Mr. Jackson, possible Henry Jackson, and to tell him that he spoke with George Washington about ordering arms. Hopes to inform William of the campaign's commencement in his next letter. Offers salutations to friends and family in Boston from himself and Lucy Knox and reminds William to take care of the business there. Mentions that twenty two men and four officers were taken from a ship called the Greyhound. The expected attack did not occur until 12 July 1776.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
Knox, Lucy Flucker.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, First Lady, Navy, Women's History, Fort Ticonderoga, Finance, President Revolutionary War, Loyalist, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Spying, Assassination Military Law, Death Penalty, Artillery, Continental Army, Canada, Marriage, Weaponry, Artillery, Battle, Privateering, Prisoner of War

Sub Era: The War for Independence