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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.05948
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0120] October-December 1793 
Title Benjamin Hichborn to Henry Knox about business and American neutrality
Date 19 October 1793
Author Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Says he sent several letters to Knox since arriving in Europe. Tells Knox he is leaving Europe sometime in the spring when his affairs are wrapped up. Mentions "there are various expectations about the part America will take in the present War, but I am fully persuaded that she will - that she must remain quite neutral." Is surprised to hear the government is quibbling on the terms of the treaty respecting the admission of prizes. Comments he is "astonished & mortified" to hear that the courts have adopted the President's Proclamation as the law of the land and have prosecuted certain individuals for entering the nation on French privateers. States he is happy the juries have not been cooperating. Says "I long to hear that the Indian War is over & that you are out of that cursed office." Expresses great respect for the French and says they are America's only ally. Is afraid that the Anglophile politicians in the government will ruin the nation. Makes reference to a plan to build a canal.
Subjects Privateering  American Indian History  Northwest Indian War  Revolutionary War General  Global History and Civics  Travel  Military History  Politics  Neutrality  France  Treaty  Diplomacy  Maritime  President  Presidential Speeches and Proclamations  Government and Civics  Law  Northwest Territory  Frontiers and Exploration  Westward Expansion  Canals  Infrastructure  
People Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Paris, France
Theme Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime; Government & Politics; Law; The Presidency; Native Americans; Science, Technology, Invention; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859