Williams writes Knox from London

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Date January 4, 1790
Author Name Jonathan Williams (primary) Location: London
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: New York
Summary Jonathan William writes Henry Knox from London to discuss the French Revolution. William believes the the French Revolution is a just war for freedom which continues the American tradition of liberty, linking events in France to the American Revolution. He also hopes that the revolution may spread to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies so that they too could have democratic governments.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Jonathan Williams; Lucy Knox; King Louis XVI; ;
Related Places New York; London; France; America; Spanish colonies; Portuguese colonies; ;
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Key Phrases nearest to a Democracy of any government in the Universe; pro forma; diamond button; his majesty's hat; one Voice in the Kingdom; king's brother; duty to come into the national assembly as a private citizen and justify himself against some suspicions relative to the sincerity of his attachment to the great cause of freedom; flame which had its focus in America; spread its influence; low countries; emancipated; absolute force of arms; inadequate to the unanimous efforts of a resolute & divided people; present my respects with the compliments of the season to your good lady; contrive in America to get this flame of equal liberty to blaze over the Spanish & Portuguese colonies; war is detestable when ambition alone is the motive; emancipation of the human race is worth almost any price; inclosed letter to our friend; contents may be communicated where necessary; Revolution in France supports itself to admiration; fable of political madness is now supported by stubborn fact; pleasure to hear that I am again restored to my family; propose to settle with it in America; Seat of Government;

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