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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Gen. Knox in account with S. Shaw

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01368 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: 10 March 1782 Pagination: 11 p. ; 19.7 x 15.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Lists Henry Knox's accounts with Shaw, beginning 8 June 1781 and ending 12 December, 1781. Contains several memoranda and instructions for what Knox owes to Shaw and what the United States government owes Knox. Expenses range from: groceries and house wares to a payment to Frederick "for dressing the Generals hat," to "Jacob's wife (Peggy) for washing," to "Cato Freeman on account of his wages" (probably an African-American servant), travel and board expenses "From Camp to Philadelphia" [August], from "Philadelphia to Williamsburg in Virginia" [September], and from "York to Mount Vernon" [October]. A 3 October memo notes "The General lent Baron Steuben" a sum of money. A 2 November note indicates that Shaw received 500 Dollars for Knox from Pickering "on the warrant of the Commander in Chief."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Muster Rolls and ReturnsRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryFinanceSoldier's PayDiet and nutritionMilitary ProvisionsHome FurnishingsClothing and AccessoriesMilitary UniformsWomen's HistoryAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsMilitary CampTravelBattle of YorktownPresident

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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