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Cranch, Richard (1726-1811) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03134 Author/Creator: Cranch, Richard (1726-1811) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 April 1785 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 20 cm.

Recommends his nephew Joseph Cranch for appointment by Knox, Secretary at War. Relates the details of Joseph's life, including the loss of both of his parents at an early age. Joseph sold his land in England and opened up a shop in Boston that was seized by the British during the Revolutionary War. Recommends his nephew as a worthy gunsmith, and asks if Knox can "procure an Employment for him in the Armourer's Department that might enable him to gain a decent Livelyhood after his great sufferings, in the common cause..."

Apparently from Cranch, a watchmaker, legislator, and a jurist who lived in Massachusetts. Records of the Massachusetts Historical Society suggest that Joseph was Richard's cousin, not his nephew.

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