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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Henry Jackson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05543 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Middle Brook, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 June 1777 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30.4 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses their correspondence and friendship, affirming that he feels "the same sublime disinterested friendship for you that has existed in both our bosoms for so long." Also discusses the possible appointment of the French general Charles Tronson du Coudray as commander of artillery, and asserts "no other person shall Supersede me the instant the Congress Confirms his appointment I shall leave the Service." Notes that other officers were making the same threats.

Background Information: The threats from generals Knox, Nathanael Greene, and John Sullivan, prompted congress to appoint Tronson du Coudray inspector general in charge of the works in Delaware instead.

Full Transcript: [Excerpt:]
The French Gentleman you mention no no [sic] other person shall supersede me. The instant the Congress Confirms his appointment I shall leave the Service. But the Genl and ...all the General Officers think they cannot exhibit such a piece of ingratitude-but if they should I retire.See More

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Tronson du Coudray, Charles, 1738-1777

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryArtilleryFranceFriendshipImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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