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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Samuel Osgood

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03712 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 November 1787 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 33.5 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes "Man in some situations is indeed a helpless animal, and needs the support of his fellows or he is overwhelmed with misery, and dies - This formal sentence has just been excited by the entrance of two men one a constable - the other his prisoner." The prisoner in question is [Joshua] Winslow of Boston, nephew of John Winslow (see GLC02437.03713). Recounts the unfortunate story of how Winslow ended up a prisoner due to outstanding debts and appeals to Osgood to assist him.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Osgood, Samuel, 1748-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PrisonerRevolutionary War GeneralPhilosophyDebtFinanceLawCharity and Philanthropy

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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