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Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04428 Author/Creator: Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820) Place Written: Marietta, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 December 1789 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Replies to Knox's letter from 9 November (GLC02437.04410). Notes that Knox is correct in his observation that "Agriculture might afford me Satisfaction and profit..." Adds that presently, he is living beyond his means. Writes that the governor has not yet arrived, likely referring to Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory. Reports that due to the death of General [Samuel] Parsons, John Symmes is the only judge left in the Northwest Territory. Hopes the vacancy caused by Parsons' death will be filled as soon as possible, and the territory can establish "good & wholesome Laws." Writes, "Of Indians we hear nothing - the last Intelligence which was in a Speech from the Delawares & Wyandottes to General Harmar, amounted only to Professions of Friendship..."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820
Symmes, John Cleves, 1742-1814
St. Clair, Arthur, 1734-1818
Harmar, Josiah, 1753-1813
Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationAmerican Indian HistoryRevolutionary War GeneralAgriculture and Animal HusbandryWestward ExpansionNorthwest Indian WarNorthwest TerritoryFinanceGovernment and CivicsDeathJudiciaryLawDiplomacy

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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