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Mason, David (1726-1794) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03215 Author/Creator: Mason, David (1726-1794) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 November 1785 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 30.3 x 19.4 cm.

Writes to Knox in distress. Thanks him for the recommendation to Governor Bowdoin, but informs him that a Major [likely William] Perkins was appointed to a position instead of him. Declares he is now left destitute, especially since his leg was injured over the summer and he was unable to move around or work. Hopes Knox will continue in his kindness and help him find a position. Asks if Mr. Haggard might hire him to work with Mr. Hastings at the post office; declares he only has his wife and one daughter left at home to support, so any little bit helps. In a separate note at the bottom, discusses his attempts to obtain a certificate of service. See GLC02437.03217 for a letter on the same topic.

May be referring to Major William Perkins, who, in November 1785, was appointed to Lieutenant Colonel with command of the Castle in Boston Harbor. Information from www.newenglandancestors.org.

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