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Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03409 Author/Creator: Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) Place Written: Hartford, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 January 1787 Pagination: 6 p. : docket ; 22.4 x 18.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Letter contains Wadsworth's reaction to Knox's analysis of Shays' Rebellion and includes Wadsworth's own ideas on the matter. Believes that despite the actions of the insurgents, they and their supporters would not vote for anyone "who have not the will or ability to lead, or favor, measures for the establishment of a good government." Discusses recruitment efforts, as well as the poor state of his own finances. Comments on the status of trade with France, the West Indies, and Canada, as well as opportunities of coining copper. Mentions correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the recently deceased Nathanael Greene.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: CommerceMerchants and TradeFranceCaribbeanRevolutionary War GeneralRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionGovernment and CivicsElectionPoliticsMilitary HistoryReconstructionMilitiaFinanceCanadaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCoins and CurrencyIndustryEconomicsPresident

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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