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Brooks, David (1756-1838) Articles of clothing delivered for the use of Major General Knox from 21 Jany 1780 to 1 Augt 1783

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02447 Author/Creator: Brooks, David (1756-1838) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 21 January 1780-1 August 1783 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.3 x 19.8 cm.

Copy of a receipt for clothing issued to General Knox from 1780-1783. Original was submitted by David Brooks, the assistant clothier general. This copy was created by Major Samuel Shaw, an aide-de-camp to General Knox, who also signed this document. A total of $140.60 worth of clothing is accounted for, which includes boots, blankets, roughly 50 yards of cloth, and his own miscellaneous receipts.

David Brooks (1756-1838) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the public schools there. In 1776, he entered the Continental Army as a lieutenant. He was captured at Fort Washington on 16 November 1776. He was a prisoner-of-war for over three years, finally being exchanged in January 1780. As a parolee, he was not allowed in combat again, so he was appointed assistant clothier general. During the 1780's, Brooks studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practicing law. He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati upon its founding in 1783. He moved to New York County, New York (modern day Manhattan) and was a member of the New York state assembly from 1787 to 1788. Brooks then moved to Dutchess County, New York and again was a member of the New York state assembly from 1794 to 1796. In 1795, Brooks was also made a judge of Dutchess County, a job he would keep until 1807 in spite of the fact that, at various times, he would be concurrently a state or federal legislator or a federal officer. In 1796, Brooks was elected to the House of Representatives, serving from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1799. He ran failed campaigns for reelection in 1798 and 1800. In the 1800s, Brooks was appointed as a commissioner to negotiate a treaty with the Seneca nation. In 1807, Brooks finally left his job as judge of Dutchess County to become clerk of Dutchess County, a job he held from June 5, 1807, to January 25, 1809, from February 9, 1810, to February 11, 1811, and again from February 23, 1813, to February 13, 1815. Brooks also served on the New York state assembly again in 1810.

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