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Smith, Paschal Nelson (d. 1805) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01545 Author/Creator: Smith, Paschal Nelson (d. 1805) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 August 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23.6 x 18.9 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01545 Author/Creator: Smith, Paschal Nelson (d. 1805) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 August 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23.6 x 18.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Mentions that in reference to Knox's last letter, he will be happy to make the acquaintance a young gentleman named Mr. Craik and to show "him any civility in [his] power." Writes, "Since my last I have discovered that my Boy Prince is at Salem, & I do not imagine he has any intention of going into the Army. I am sorry I have been led to suppose he had gone there, as I have given you some trouble about the matter, however I know you will excuse it." Adds that he and his wife, as well as Colonel and Mrs. [Isaac] Sears send their regards to him, "Mrs. Knox & your little Folks who we heartily rejoyce to hear have recover'd from their indisposition."

People: Smith, Paschal Nelson, d. 1805
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Sears, Isaac, 1730-1786

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarLetter of Introduction or RecommendationAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsSlaveryIndentured ServantContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalChildren and Family

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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