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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03327
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0078] September-December 1786 
Title Captain Phillipe Dejean to Henry Knox enclosing a letter from Lafayette and asking for help with a dispute
Date 5 November 1786
Author DeJean, Phillipe (ca. 1736- 1809)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by Captain Dejean, agent for the French Navy. Writes that he has enclosed a letter from the Marquis de Lafayette. Hopes that the letter from the Marquis, as well as Knox's prior knowledge, will testify to his good character. Relates that he has had a dispute with a Mr. De Letombe, the French consul in Boston, who is now accusing him "of having judged the Americans brought prisoners at Detroit, during the war, with the greatest cruelty," as well as of answering "Comte d'Estaing's Manifesto to the Canadiens" impertinently. Writes that should "that be the case; I am a bad man, unworty of the Marquis's protections, yours, or any of the americans." Asks that Knox confer with several of his associates to ascertain his good character, and urges him to "forsake me intirely [sic], cast me of as an imposter," if their testimony does not convince him. If it does, asks that he speak on his behalf to Governor [James] Bowdoin and several other important figures, including the Marquis [Lafayette], [Thomas] Jefferson, then minister at the French Court, and [J. Hector] St. John de Crevecoeur, the French consul for New York.
Subjects Navy  France  Revolutionary War General  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  Diplomacy  Global History and Civics  Revolutionary War  American Indian History  Prisoner of War  Atrocity  Canada  Morality and Ethics  President  Diplomacy  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  DeJean, Phillipe (ca. 1736-1809)  Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834)  Bowdoin, James (1726-1790)  St. John de Crèvecoeur, J. Hector (1735-1813)  
Place written Middletown, Connecticut
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information While the location of writing is simply listed as "Middletown," a response to Monsieur De Jean dated 31 December 1786 was directed to him at Middletown, Connecticut. See GLC02437.03396.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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