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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00752 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Pluckemin, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 March 1779 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.4 x 22.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Mentions the loss of a vessel and the General Arnold, a ship. Discusses his distaste for "making anything out of the public," or making a profit from public service. Notes that he will consider unspecified proposals previously mentioned by William. Mentions his wife and daughter, both named Lucy.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Pluckemin 13th March 1779
My dear Brother
I received your favor of the 3d instant about an hour ago. I am sorry for the loss of the vessel you mention ...but not discourag'd - I hope the little vessel will at least make up for her - I wrote to you to try something by way of adventure in the General Arnold. She is a good Vessell and Commander which might possibly [induce?] you to strain a point. however this is only a hint. I am exceedingly anxious to effect something in these fluctating times which may make us lazy for life - You know my sentiments with regret to making any thing out of the public. I abominate the Idea. I could not at the end of the War mix with my fellow citizens with that conscious integrity the felicity of which I often anticipate.
I will fully confide the proposals [2] you make and give you answer by the next post.
Lucy is not [abed?] although we expect it every hour - little Lucy is as much of an Angel as it is possible for flesh & blood to be - The talks most of you & sends her love to you, as does your sister -
I am my dear Brother
Your affectionate
HKnox
You will see plenty of descriptions of our affairs the 18th ultimo - in the news papers -

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March 1779
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: NavyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralPrivateeringFinanceMorality and EthicsChildren and FamilyMaritime

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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