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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00515 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Morristown, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 January 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Explains that his letters may be short, but he still loves his brother. Feels God has favourably turned "the tide of our affair." Knows that war is hard, and has prepared himself for losses either "public or personal." Hopes to hear from William more often, though admits the mail is difficult. Thinks that Lucy should sell the horses if she winters in Boston. Dated 1776, but written 1777.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Children and Family, Post Office, Transportation, Finance

Sub Era: The War for Independence