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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01323
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0038] January 1782 
Title Henry Knox to William Knox on family matters, including the birth of a son, and the French capture of St Eustatius
Date 3 January 1782
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Knox, William  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Written by Brigadier General Henry Knox to his brother William Knox. References receiving several letters from William before he left Boston, but that they took a long time in arriving. Reports on several merchant ships that have been captured. Mentions the birth of another son: "I am happy to inform you that our domestic happiness encreases. Mrs. Knox has presented me with another fine boy who was born on the 20th ultimo. he is almost the image of Harry, except that his limbs are rather longer. We name him Marcus Camillus, after a roman republic character to which I early became attached." Says the other "Young Gentlemen" are in good health and that little Lucy is at a boarding school in Philadelphia and that she makes good progress in her studies. Has heard his voyage was probably quick (it was fast, according to GLC02437.01296, it took 21 days). Makes reference to the capture of "Statia" -- Saint Eustatius -- by the French (the British had captured the island in February 1781 when it was a Dutch possession -- the Dutch being American allies in the Revolution. The Dutch were given back control of the island in 1784). Says it was "attended with such brilliancy to the Arms of France & disgrace to their ancient enemies, as must render the nation much pleased with the ability of their officers and valor of their troops." Asks for copies of French publications that can be generally obtained. Reports that he will stay in Philadelphia most of the winter. Mentions Congress passed new laws on captures on the high seas.
Subjects Privateering  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Navy  Global History and Civics  Children and Family  Women's History  Classical World and Ancient Civilization  Education  Travel  France  Battle  Caribbean  Journalism  Military Camp  Continental Congress  Congress  Government and Civics  Law  Maritime  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Women in American History; Children & Family; Government & Politics; Law; Education
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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