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McClure, David (1748-1820) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00086 Author/Creator: McClure, David (1748-1820) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 July 1773 Pagination: 1p. + 31.2 cm. x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Announces his arrival in Philadelphia after a "long Excursion into the Wilderness." Explains plans to travel back to New England. He expects to arrive in Boston in October. Has just heard of the passing of his friend, Mr. Wheaton, and comments philosophically on death. He is concerned about the church affairs on death of popular minister. Indicates that he sent a box to Knox. Gives his regards to others. McClure was returning from service as missionary to the Delaware Indians in a town on the Muskingum River in Ohio (see GLC02437.00015 and GLC02437.00032). M'Clure spells his name Maccluer.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Philadelphia July 26. 1773
Dear Sir/
I arrived at this place with my Company from our long Excursion into the Wilderness - Thro' the goodness of God we are alive tho' ...neither of us enjoy a great degree of Health.
We proposd by the leave of Providence to set out from this place tomorrow morng. on our way to New England - we proposd to make a short tarry to the Jersies & hope to have the pleasure of seeing you the beginning of Octbr. should Heaven spare your life and mine till that time.
Just now heard by a New England Gentleman of the Death of my good friend [inserted: Revd.] Mr. Wheaton - Youth my dear Harry is no exemption from Death May I always be prepared for it. -
I have order'd a Box on board directed to You & for the safer delivery, pray You to pay the Bearer for Freight -
I recd. yours and my Brother Billy's Letters long ago - please give kind rememb: to my Bro. & Sister and wishing you my dear Harry every from of Happiness. I hasten to say what gives me pleasure on every repetition that I am in Sincerity
Your Friend
David Macclure
P.S. You need send me no more Letters to Philada. for me -
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People: McClure, David, 1748-1820
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: TravelAmerican Indian HistoryReligionFrontiers and ExplorationDeath

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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