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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04647
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0096] July-September 1790 
Title Brett Piercy to Henry Knox relating General Maunsell's return and potential Spanish-British war
Date 7 July 1790
Author Brett, Piercy (fl. 1788-1792)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Relates that General [John] Maunsell arrived after a sixteen day passage from Halifax, and he will give Knox an account of his voyage after he has rested. Writes, "Ever since the beginning of May last we have been in daily expectation of a war with Spain; in consequence of which we have made vigorous exertions to be prepared for that event..." Reports that a fleet commanded by Admiral Barrington sailed several days prior, and there is still much uncertainty whether war will be declared or not. Notes that it is to the advantage of the British "that France is not in a capacity of assisting the Spaniards..."
Subjects Navy  Revolutionary War General  Maritime  Travel  Canada  Global History and Civics  Military History  France  French Revolution  
People Brett, Piercy (fl. 1788-1792)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Barrington, Samuel (1729-1800)  Maunsell, John (ca. 1724-1795)  
Place written London, England
Theme Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; 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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