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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01653
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0047] October 1782 
Title Alexander William to Henry Knox regarding supplies and prisoners
Date 9 October 1782
Author Alexander, William, Lord Stirling (1726-1783)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Writes to disclose the cargo on Captain [Garrit] Rykeman's sloop. Ship carries the boards from "a long building which was of no use but to harbour allmost all the Bell dames [pssibly camp followers] in this department"; provides measurements of the boards and hopes Knox can put them to better use. Ship also carries two prisoners of war, which "we cannot prudently exchange, indeed the Enemy have no claim on them, and we dare not discharge them, they will do very well to carry- stone & mortar to the new magazines." He would like to know when Knox will be ready to receive the military stores, "that they might go at the Same time with Capt. [possibly Thomas] Seward's camp." Sends respects to Mrs. Knox and reports that his daughter has "Just presented us with a fine Boy." Lastly adds that John Swans, a deserter from Colonel [perhaps Rufus] Putnam's regiment, is also on board the sloop.
Subjects Prisoner of War  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Military Camp  Military Supplies  Building Construction  Women's History  Artillery  Ammunition  Children and Family  Desertion  Transportation  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Alexander, William, Lord Stirling (1726-1783)  Putnam, Rufus (1738-1824)  Rykeman, Garrit (fl. 1782)  Seward, Thomas (1740-1800)  
Place written Albany, New York
Theme The American Revolution; Women in American History; Children & Family; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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