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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04986
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0100] May-June 1791 
Title Henry Knox to John Adams thanking Adams for his hospitality, defending him from newspaper criticism, political heresy and the Indian campaign
Date 10 June 1791
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Adams, John  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by Secretary of War Knox to Vice President Adams. Thanks Adams for his hospitality at Bush Hill. Mentions criticism of Adams's travels in the Connecticut and New York newspapers. Comments on the "political heresy [of the] American edition of [the] payne pamphlet mentioned in the preface." This is a reference to Thomas Jefferson's endorsement of Thomas Paine's "The Rights of Man," in which he conflated the spirit of the American Revolution of 1776 with that of the French Revolution of 1789. Knox says "he has assured me that the note he wrote to the printer never was intended for publication." Says that Adams should not worry as "you are upon invariable pursuit of public happiness, regulated by the sober standard of reason." Says Washington is expected in Philadelphia on 23 or 25 of June. Says "The indian Campaign must go forward." Says the 2,800 men sent to the frontier should be adequate.
Subjects France  French Revolution  American Indian History  Northwest Indian War  Revolutionary War General  President  Vice President  Entertaining and Hospitality  Travel  Journalism  Politics  Literature and Language Arts  Revolutionary War  Printing  Government and Civics  Westward Expansion  Frontiers and Exploration  Northwest Territory  Military History  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; Creating a New Government; Arts & Literature; The Presidency; Westward Expansion; Native Americans
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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