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Clinton, George (1739-1812) [Appointment of Ensign Stephen Griffin]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.623.01 Author/Creator: Clinton, George (1739-1812) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 30 September [1780] Pagination: 2 p. ; 16.3 x 21.6 cm

Summary of Content: Partially printed document signed by Clinton and his secretary Robert Benson. On verso is a note signed by David Humphreys, aide-de-camp of George Washington. The Council of Appointment approved the appointment of Stephen Griffin as ensign in the 4th Continental Regiment. He is to take over command of a company. The note on verso, dated from New Windsor, New York on 2 April 1781, says that General George Washington has given permission for Griffin to resign his commission. It appears that this document was signed by Clinton so Griffin could have official proof of his service after resigning, but that could not be proven. Also includes print of Clinton in uniform that appears to have been made in 1863. [Appointment year calculated based on document phrasing "in the 5th year of independence" of the state.]

People: Clinton, George, 1739-1812

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental ArmyMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarPresidentVice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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