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Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05948 Author/Creator: Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817) Place Written: Paris, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 October 1793 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 23 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Says he sent several letters to Knox since arriving in Europe. Tells Knox he is leaving Europe sometime in the spring when his affairs are wrapped up. Mentions "there are various expectations about the part America will take in the present War, but I am fully persuaded that she will - that she must remain quite neutral." Is surprised to hear the government is quibbling on the terms of the treaty respecting the admission of prizes. Comments he is "astonished & mortified" to hear that the courts have adopted the President's Proclamation as the law of the land and have prosecuted certain individuals for entering the nation on French privateers. States he is happy the juries have not been cooperating. Says "I long to hear that the Indian War is over & that you are out of that cursed office." Expresses great respect for the French and says they are America's only ally. Is afraid that the Anglophile politicians in the government will ruin the nation. Makes reference to a plan to build a canal.

People: Hichborn, Benjamin, 1746-1817
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PrivateeringAmerican Indian HistoryNorthwest Indian WarRevolutionary War GeneralGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyTravelMilitary HistoryPoliticsNeutralityFranceTreatyDiplomacyMaritimePresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsGovernment and CivicsLawNorthwest TerritoryFrontiers and ExplorationWestward ExpansionCanalsInfrastructure

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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