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Humphreys, David (1752-1818) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02182 Author/Creator: Humphreys, David (1752-1818) Place Written: Head Quarters Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 June 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.4 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Colonel Humphreys as Washington's aide-de-camp to Major General Knox. Says General Washington desires him to have as much of the hard bread, which was delivered into Eldermen's store, issued to the detachment as they can carry. Asks that the bread be served out occasionally so it does not go to waste. "Public" written on address leaf with no signature. Docketed in Knox's hand.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyPresidentDiet and nutritionMilitary ProvisionsSutlerMutinyRebellionMobs and RiotsContinental CongressCongressSoldier's PayFinance

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