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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.00590
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0017] May-August 1777 
Title Copy of a letter from Henry Knox to John Adams on the subject of cannons and currency
Date 10 May 1777
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Adams, John  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document; Business and financial document
Content Description Later copy. Knox writes to Adams, the Massachusetts representative to Continental Congress. Mentions obtaining cannon cast from the furnace at Salisbury, Massachusetts. Discusses a failed attempt by Colonel Stewart, aide-de-camp to General [Horatio] Gates, to obtain cannon for Ticonderoga, New York. Notes that Congress disapproved of the cannon price, thus Ticonderoga remains without the cannon. Writes, "I sincerely wish that the spirit of enterprise may animate our army; but you well know, my Dear Sir, during the winter past and the most part of the spring, we have had no army to be animated. The time may shortly arrive when I hope we shall receive your approbation in this way." Argues for the establishment of United States currency. Mentions the Bank of England and discusses the worth of paper money compared to specie.
Subjects Fort Ticonderoga  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  President  Continental Congress  Congress  Artillery  Industry  Fortification  Continental Army  Finance  Economics  Banking  Coins and Currency  Global History and Civics  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Gates, Horatio (cb. 1727-1806)  
Place written Morristown, New Jersey
Theme The American Revolution; Banking & Economics; Government & Politics; Industry; The Presidency
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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