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Henry Knox: “the only things which I desire you to send”

In November 1774, Henry Knox wrote to his main London book supplier, Thomas Longman (1731-1797), about the effects of Parliament’s Boston Port Bill and Continental Congress’s Association, or boycott of goods from Britain.First of all, those measures meant Knox wasn’t enclosing any money. In March, the London stationery firm Wright & Gill had reminded Knox about an overdue bill and threatened to add 5% interest to the balance.
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Henry Knox and Paul Revere: Pretending to Quarrel?

History / US History : Boston 1775 (2 years ago)

I seem to be on a roll with Henry Knox, so I might as well continue. A while back, I laid out my argument that Knox’s 1774 marriage into the family of Thomas Flucker, royal Secretary of the province of Massachusetts, prompted some p... Read Post

The Mystery of Henry Knox’s “Boy Soldiers”

History / US History : Boston 1775 (3 years ago)

In his 1900 biography of Henry Knox, Noah Brooks wrote of the connections that the young bookseller’s 1774 marriage brought him:Lucy Flucker’s only brother [Thomas, Jr.] was a lieutenant in the British Army, and, while he was servin... Read Post

Provisions of the Boston Port Bill

History / US History : Boston 1775 (5 years ago)

One of the major milestones leading up to the Revolutionary War was the Boston Port Bill, the law Parliament passed on 31 Mar 1774 to punish the town—the third-largest port in North America—for the Boston Tea Party. It stated that s... Read Post


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