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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.00379
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0014] July-August 1776 
Title Robert Treat Paine to Henry Knox about cannon casting and its associated costs
Date 15 July 1776
Author Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Informs Knox that the British approach necessitates a change in location for casting brass cannons and indicates that an air furnace will be set up in Pennsylvania. Congress will still offer to employ Mr. Byers for the job if it can be done at a reasonable cost. Inquires if brass cannons can be cast without sea coal and expresses concerns about the weight of the cannons to be cast. Reports that Congress has written Byers a letter and urges Knox to send it to him and have him reply expeditiously. Mentions that Knox has new visitors and asks him to "treat them in a very polite manner," possibly a sarcastic reference to the British. Paine was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Boston, Massachusetts. Free frank signed by Paine.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Military History  Artillery  Continental Army  Industry  Congress  Continental Congress  Global History and Civics  
People Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Industry; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Refer to GLC02437.00365 and GLC02437.00506 for related correspondence. Published in Letters of Delegates to Congress: Volume 4 May 16, 1776 - August 15, 1776.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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