Nov 07, 2017 - Sale 2461

Sale 2461 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 5,250
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Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
NEWS OF HIS DISSOLUTE SON: "A DAGGER INDEED WAS YOUR LETTER MY DEAR FRIEND" KNOX, HENRY. Autograph Letter Signed, "HKnox," to Major General Henry Jackson, expressing the pain felt at the news of some misbehavior on the part of his only son [Henry Jackson Knox], inquiring after an unnamed wounded man, promising to send $100 to be divided between [Jabez?] Hatch and "Mr. Archibald." 2 pages, 4to, with integral blank; minor bleed-through throughout, folds. Thomaston, 28 November 1799

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"A dagger indeed was your letter my dear friend . . . . A volume of words would give no adequate conception of the agony of soul in which we were plunged.
"We are his parents--we are bound by the ties of the human heart, and by the laws of society, to endevor his reformation. But the means seem to be beyond our control. We had expected that the unfortunate had left Boston on the 28th of the last month, nor were we undeceived until we received yours. . . .
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"A dagger indeed was your letter my dear friend . . . . A volume of words would give no adequate conception of the agony of soul in which we were plunged.
"We are his parents--we are bound by the ties of the human heart, and by the laws of society, to endevor his reformation. But the means seem to be beyond our control. We had expected that the unfortunate had left Boston on the 28th of the last month, nor were we undeceived until we received yours. . . .
"I send you the letter open, that you may send, and give the direction that will the soonest reach him. Your letter to him was perfect."