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Wendell, John (1731-1808) to Elbridge Gerry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.234 Author/Creator: Wendell, John (1731-1808) Place Written: Portsmouth Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 June 1776 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.5 x 20.

Summary of Content: Asks Gerry to use his political influence to help place him in a number of governmental positions. Says that he is confident he can attain the position of "Vendue Master" if Gerry can get him a favorable letter from the President. Also mentions his own powerful friends. Views Canada as integral to American success, though hears events are going poorly there. Letter is tipped onto a border.

Background Information: Elbridge Gerry was a Delegate and Representative from Massachusetts and Vice President.

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Wendell, John, 1731-1808

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Office SeekerPoliticsGovernment and CivicsPrivateeringCongressContinental CongressCanadaMilitary HistoryRevolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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