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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to James Webber

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03139 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 May 1785 Pagination: 8 p. : docket ; 34.9 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Expresses his gratitude for the care Webber has taken to assist his brother William, who suffered from mental illness. Mentions a box of books, sent from London by Sharp, that were damaged in transit. Writes, "I am not well acquainted with the state of my brothers affairs..." Extensively discusses the details of business transactions left unattended by William. Relates that he will not be able to travel to London to care for William, due to the demands of his family and his recent acceptance of the post of Secretary at War. Asks that Webber send William to Boston and financially support him in the meantime. Promises to repay Webber with interest for the cost of William's care. Asks that if Webber cannot send William to Boston, to reduce the cost of his expenses: "My own fortune or prospects are very far from being great & I have a large family to support & young children to educate But my unfortunate friend and Brother shall participate of the last shilling." In the margin of page seven, asks for Doctor Monro's opinion on William's condition (possibly referring to John Monro, noted for his study of insanity). Sends his regards to acquaintances in England, including his mother-in-law, Mrs. [Hannah] Flucker.

Background Information: Webber was a London merchant and close friend of William Knox.

People: Webber, James, fl. 1784-1797
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Monro, John, 1715-1791
Flucker, Hannah, 1726-1785

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Mental HealthRevolutionary War GeneralHealth and MedicalChildren and FamilyFinanceMerchants and TradeCommerceLibraryEducationPresidentTravelGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFriendshipTransportationGovernment and CivicsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyLiterature and Language ArtsAbolition

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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