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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04071
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0087] January-February 1789 
Title Henry Knox to Lafayette about Society of Cincinnati, Nathanael Greene's son in Paris, George Washington as possible president and American politics
Date 3 January 1789
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Has only received a short note from Lafayette (on recommendations for the Society of the Cincinnati), since last June. Believes it is due to the suspension of packets between France and America, as Count de Moustier, the French minister to America, has also not received letters. Says they heard that General Nathanael Greene's son was placed in a respectable academy near Paris. Hopes his conduct is good. Reports that "Our Country is busy in making elections for the new Government - what is to take place the 1st of March. The people at large are becoming more and more strongly attached to it." Says New York and Virginia want a new convention before the new government meets, but that the majority do not want this to happen. Mentions that "Our friend Genl Washington is looked up to as the only man for President - and it is said Mr. John Adams will probably be vice president." Hopes he can report on a government "happily in operation without any commotion" in his next letter. Reports that Catherine Greene has gone to Georgia. States he was on a several month visit to his proposed estate in Maine.
Subjects Society of the Cincinnati  France  Revolutionary War General  Global History and Civics  Maritime  Diplomacy  Children and Family  Education  Government and Civics  Politics  Election  US Constitution  Ratification  President  Vice President  Travel  Women's History  
People Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Greene, Catharine Littlefield (1755-1814)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Creating a New Government; Government & Politics; The Presidency; Women in American History; Education; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859