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Putnam, Israel (1718-1790) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00262 Author/Creator: Putnam, Israel (1718-1790) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 28 March 1776 Pagination: 1 p. ; 12.5 cm. x 18.3 cm.

Instructs Knox to withhold four pounds from the pay of a matross in his regiment named Henry Irvington. The money had previously been advanced to Irvington. Putnam was one of the original major generals appointed by the Continental Congress.

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