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Knox, William (1756-1795) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03957 Author/Creator: Knox, William (1756-1795) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 August 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.7 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the details of New York being chosen as the site for Congress. Mentions the opinions of [James] Madison, [Henry] Lee, and [William] Few. Reports that this decision is still not final, as some states are not yet voting. Discusses military matters, such as financial accounts for recruiting soldiers. Notes that Mr. King arrived in town the previous evening (possibly Rufus King).

Full Transcript: [draft-partial]
[1] The decisions in Congress yesterday were in favor of New York, seven states [struck: stat]] for it Vir N. Hampshire Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, N. York, New Jersey & South ...Carolina. Mr.Maddison & Colo Harry Lee from Virginia in favor & Mr. Few of Georgia - However to day the subject of the whole ordinance being on the [Carpet] Rhode Island either declines voting or is not permitted by the Southern States to vote, so that the final business is still undetermined, and tomorrow may produce another change in the Majority of votes.See More

People: Knox, William, 1756-1795
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lee, Henry, 1756-1818
Few, William, 1748-1828
Madison, James, 1751-1836
King, Rufus, 1755-1827

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralContinental CongressCongressGovernment and CivicsWashington, D.C.PresidentPoliticsMilitary HistoryRecruitmentFinanceSoldier's Pay

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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