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Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03781 Author/Creator: Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 February 1788 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 18.6 cm.

Thanks Knox for previous correspondence. Reports that Mary McNeill received Knox's certificate, and has given General Henry Jackson duplicate receipts (Jackson handled some of Knox's business affairs). (See GLC02437.03662, .03670, .03675, .03708, .03772, and .03784.) Of Massachusetts' possible ratification of the Constitution, writes, "The great question on the new proposed Constitution, comes before the Convention the next day after the morrow. I need not tell you how anxious are the friends to good order & government on this occasion. It is believed that it will pass with a small majority." "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

Freeman joined the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in 1776, reached rank of colonel, and later served as auditor of the United States Navy Department.

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