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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Joseph Barrell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03644 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter Date: 23 August 1787 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.3 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Hopes Barrell has a successful voyage to China. Asks Barrell to consign his vessel or vessels in Canton (Guangzhou) to Messrs [Samuel] Shaw and [Thomas] Randall. Writes, "one or the other of those adventurous Americans will be there - and more honestt and punctuality cannot be found in any two mortals..." See GLC02437.03652 for Barrell's reply. See GLC02437.03637, .03638, and.03647 for related documents.

Background Information: Barrell, a Boston merchant, was one of the financier's of the expeditions of the Columbia Rediviva and Lady Washington to the Northwest Pacific and China in the late 1780s.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Randall, Thomas, d. 1811

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Merchants and TradeCommerceRevolutionary War GeneralFinanceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAsiaMaritimeTravelLetter of Introduction or RecommendationFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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