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Hull, William (1753-1825) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02966 Author/Creator: Hull, William (1753-1825) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 February 1784 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33.8 x 20.7 cm.

Hull, commandant of West Point, encloses a letter from Joseph Carleton, writing on behalf of Congress, regarding engineers retained in service (refer to GLC02437.02954). Hull instructed Carleton to defer final reorganization of the engineering department until the arrangement could be confirmed by Knox. Encloses a certificate (not included) from Colonel de Miranda, possibly Francisco de Miranda. Notes that Miranda was recommended to him by Governor [George] Clinton and General Alexander McDougall among others. Of the certificate, writes: "As it establishes a Fact with respect to a Point of Service in the first Garrison in Europe, it appears to me of some consequence."

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