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Hickborn discusses politics with Knox

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Date October 19, 1793
Author Name Benjamin Hickborn (primary) Location: Paris
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, mentions neutrality proclamation and American courts; mentions canal.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Benjamin Hickborn; Mrs. Knox; Mr & Mrs Breck; Saml Andrews.;
Related Places Paris; Europe; America; Milton; London.;
Keywords sent you several letters since I have been in Europe; did not expect a reply; find it impossible to get out to America this year; various expectations about the part America will take in the present war; must remain quite neutral; sorry to hear that our Government are disposed to quibble; terms of the treaty respecting admission of prizes; astonished & mortifies to hear that the Courts of law have variously adopted the President's Proclamation as the law of the land; prosecuted certain individuals for entering on board French Privateers; rejoice to find that the jury retain such a sense of their own dignity as to give a verdict upon their consciences tho' directly against the opinion of the Court; long to hear that the Indian War is over & that you are our of that cursed office; French are the only ally in real friendship; they are a great people; very patriotic; they like our government our politics (at least what they think them to be) & our lives; the canal may be accomplished upon much less expense than in Europe; I have seen most of them of any importance & think we may have a great confidence in the success of ours; do not feel quite satisfied with it's passing thro' Milton, but doubtless the most weighty reasons will divert its course; I have ordered from England all the information extant on the subject & resume Genl Jackson has received them; respects to Mrs Knox, Mr & Mrs Breck & the young Folks of both families; not received an answer yet to letter I wrote him; Hotel de Philadelphia; passage des petits Peres; enclosed letter; send him the one addressed to the Doctr & tell him to open it.;
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