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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Thomas Russell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03647 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 28 August 1787 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.3 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the character of Mr. [Thomas] Randall and Samuel Shaw and their past experience in China; possibly having to do with trade. Notes he cannot speak with respect to the plans but can speak with great confidence about the men's character. Says both of the men served in the War, both have been to China twice, and that Shaw is currently on the Coast of India. Speaks of the men's prior voyages and Knox's confidence that a voyage can be profitable. Noted as a copy on the docket. See GLC02437.03637, .03638, .03644 and .03652 for related documents.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Russell, Thomas, fl. 1787
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: CommerceMerchants and TradeAsiaLetter of Introduction or RecommendationMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyTravelFinance

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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