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Carleton, Joseph (1754-1812) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03207 Author/Creator: Carleton, Joseph (1754-1812) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 October 1785 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 33.2 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from "War Office." Discusses Mr. [possibly William] Duer's inability to find a man to provision Captain [likely John Francis] Hamtramck's company to the frontier. Suggests giving Hamtramck himself money to handle it, because Hamtramck appears to be responsible. Asks for Knox's response by Sunday's post. Listed as "Public Service" above address.

Background Information: Mr. Duer may refer to William Duer, the son-in-law of William Alexander, Lord Stirling, and a New York merchant and investor.

People: Carleton, Joseph, 1754-1812
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Hamtramck, John Francis, 1756-1803
Duer, William, 1747-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralFinanceGovernment and CivicsContinental CongressCongressMilitary HistoryFrontiers and ExplorationAmerican Indian HistoryMilitary ProvisionsSutler

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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