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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Winthrop Sargent

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05944 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript document Date: 13 October 1793 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy. References Sargent's letter of 28 September. Believes Congress will meet in Philadelphia as the yellow fever appears to have dissipated. Believes a symbolic gesture that things are back to normal is necessary "or all the American commerce will be injured in foreign countries." Encloses a letter from Fort Washington in Ohio (not included). Says the army marched from the Ohio River on 7 October with 3,000 volunteers and is expecting more. Written from Falls of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, present day Philadelphia.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Yellow FeverDiseaseCongressHealth and MedicalGovernment and CivicsCommerceMerchants and TradeGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyNorthwest Indian WarNorthwest TerritoryAmerican Indian HistoryMilitary HistoryWestward ExpansionFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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