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Izard, Ralph (1742-1804) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05978 Author/Creator: Izard, Ralph (1742-1804) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 November 1793 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23.7 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Says he arrived in New York on 15 November and received Knox's letter of 8 November. Is glad that health has been restored to Philadelphia after the yellow fever outbreak. Says that since Washington has settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania for the present, it is probable that Congress will meet there for a few days. Asks to be kept updated on the president's intentions. Is happy that Knox informed him that his housekeeper Mrs. Cortright is well. Reports that two of Mrs. Izard's letters to her were returned unopened and they feared she was dead. Encloses a letter to her and asks Knox to send it to her. Says he left Mr. [William] Smith in New Haven, Connecticut. Sends compliments to Alexander Hamilton. This letter has been repaired, resulting in text loss on the lower right corner on recto and the upper left corner on verso.

People: Izard, Ralph, 1742-1804
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Yellow FeverDiseaseRevolutionary War GeneralHealth and MedicalPresidentCongressGovernment and CivicsServantWomen of the Founding EraWomen's History

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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