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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|The Henry Knox Papers  July-September 1793
|Abner Lincoln to Henry Knox about problems with Knox's son at school
|27 August 1793
|Lincoln, Abner (1763-1826)
|Lincoln appears to be an official at the academy where Henry Jackson Knox attends. Suspects that his letters of 20 June and 27 July did not reach Knox. Proceeds to give Knox an update on his son. Says the boy improved after being placed under the watchful eye of "some one person" and receiving a scolding from Knox. Lincoln was upset that the boy would admit his guilt but would never sincerely correct his future actions. Tells Knox that his son "had beaten our little girl, insulted a man in the street, broken open a closet & taken out some sugar." Goes into detail about the lessons he tried to teach the boy, including how a young gentleman is to interact properly with servants. There was a controversy over the boy attending the commencement in Cambridge. Says he would not have consented to "take charge" of Henry Jackson Knox had it not been for his esteem for the Knox family and Knox's connection with General Benjamin Lincoln.
|Revolutionary War General Children and Family Education Morality and Ethics Servant
|Lincoln, Abner (1763-1826) Knox, Henry (1750-1806)
|Children & Family; Education
|The Henry Knox Papers
|Abner Lincoln was Benjamin Lincoln's son-in-law.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859