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Randall, Thomas (d. 1811) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03202 Author/Creator: Randall, Thomas (d. 1811) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 September 1785 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.9 x 19.2 cm.

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Summary of Content: Writes, "I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receit of your favor of the 21st of August, but leaving Baltimore soon after prevented me from writing you, and being informed you were expected in this city. I delayed giving you a full account of my voyage after leaving Mr [Samuel] Shaw, as I hoped to have the honor to wait on you here. I shall take the liberty to request your delivering the enclosed to my friend Mr. Shaw, permit me to present my compliments to Mrs. Knox and to offer my congratulations upon the increase of your family for whom I cannot fail of ever feeling the most grateful respect." See GLC02437.03176 and GLC02437.03180 for related documents.

People: Randall, Thomas, d. 1811
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralTravelAsiaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyChildren and FamilyWomen's History

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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