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Stagg, John, Jr. (1758-1803) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06210 Author/Creator: Stagg, John, Jr. (1758-1803) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 September 1794 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 35.8 x 17.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs Knox "his good lady" [Lucy Knox] gave birth last night to a baby boy. Sends his congratulations to Knox. Discusses the militia and the progress of the supplies (likely referring to the Whiskey Rebellion). Notes the President [George Washington] and Colonel [Alexander] Hamilton will be leaving the city, heading towards Carlisle, Pennsylvania (most likely to command the military in suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion). Mentions the city is once again hit with the yellow fever. Notes, "The black cart rolls again over our pavements." "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Stagg, John, Jr., 1758-1803
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: DiseaseMedical HistoryEpidemicChildren and FamilyWomen's HistoryWhiskey RebellionRebellionMilitary HistoryMilitiaMilitary SuppliesPresidentHealth and MedicalYellow Fever

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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