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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.06059
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0121] January-March 1794 
Title Henry Jackson Knox to his father saying how much he dislikes college "the place of all evils". Wants to become a merchant
Date 8 March 1794
Author Knox, Henry Jackson (1780-1832)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Expresses his displeasure about college and requests his father not to force him to attend. Discusses becoming a merchant and believes he only needs to know mathematics and arithmetic. Writes the only thing needed to become a merchant is "to understand Mathematick's [sic] & Arithmetic perfectly, which can be obtained without going College, the place of all evils." Explains he borrowed money from Mr. Hossman because he did not have enough money to travel from New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts. Comments he looks forward to seeing him and the rest of the family in May.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Education  Children and Family  Mathematics  Commerce  Finance  Travel  Merchants and Trade  
People Knox, Henry Jackson (1780-1832)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Children & Family; Education; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859