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Hull, William (1753-1825) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02987 Author/Creator: Hull, William (1753-1825) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 March 1784 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.4 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Hull, commandant of West Point, reports he has ordered a general inoculation for smallpox among his soldiers due to a recent outbreak of the disease. Also relates that a "stragling woman" broke into and set fire to the block house, a post between West Point and New Windsor. Mortified, relates that the house was "entirely consumed." Granted Amasa Jackson, a soldier, a leave of absence although he requested a discharge. "On public service," is handwritten on address leaf.

People: Hull, William, 1753-1825
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: SmallpoxDiseaseRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyWest Point (US Military Academy)Health and MedicalWomen's HistoryDisasterCriminals and Outlaws

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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