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Savage, Joseph (1756-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03177 Author/Creator: Savage, Joseph (1756-1814) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 August 1785 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 29.9 x 18.5 cm.

Captain John Savage writes to ask for Knox's recommendation for a job. Savage explains that Colonel William Burbeck has recently died, and the berth is unoccupied. Plenty of people are applying for the position, including Savage, so he hopes that Knox will recommend him to Governor James Bowdoin of Massachusetts, who apparently will select the candidate to fill the position. Sends regards to Mrs. Knox.

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