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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09406
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0074] January-April 1785 
Title George Washington to Henry Knox discussing navigation of United States rivers, the rise of rent in Alexandria and the recent birth of Knox's child
Date 5 January 1785
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Complains of applications, letters of compliment, and enquiries which occupy his time and deprive him of exercise. Plans to hire someone to deal with the drudgery of this troublesome correspondence. Assures Knox that his letters are valued, as Washington enjoys corresponding with those he loves. Discusses the extended navigation of United States rivers, hoping that the legislatures will agree. Proposes to employ adventurers to first navigate the rivers, and later to impose tolls as river traffic increases, noting that the enterprise will not begin at the expense of the public. Expresses satisfaction at the rise of rents in Alexandria, and relates tentative plans to build another house for the purpose of letting. Notes the differences between building with stone versus oyster shell lime and asks Knox to inquire in the Boston area about terms with contractors to supply lime. Reports that the Marquis de Lafayette is well pleased with his reception in America. Send his and Martha's love to Henry and his wife Lucy, and congratulates the Knox family on the recent birth of another child.
Subjects Office Seeker  President  Government and Civics  Mount Vernon  Friendship  Travel  Transportation  Congress  Frontiers and Exploration  Finance  Infrastructure  Building Construction  Landlord and Tenant  Industry  Revolutionary War General  France  First Lady  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834)  Washington, Martha (1731-1802)  Knox, Lucy Flucker (1756-1824)  Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834)  
Place written Mount Vernon, Virginia
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Women in American History; Children & Family; Industry
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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