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King, Joseph (fl. 1788) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03951 Author/Creator: King, Joseph (fl. 1788) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: July 1788 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 30.4 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Solicits employment in the War Office. Writes "I have spent near about Eight years in the service of my Country, and for the Service have Received Sundry Securities which as yet do me but very little good... For the want of some payments, or only the Interest on those Securities I am unable to enter into any business- By means of wounds received in Battle and Imprisonment with the Enemy I am Rendered incapable of Labour..." Docket notes "answered verbally."

People: King, Joseph, fl. 1788
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryFinanceSoldiers and CiviliansEconomicsInjury or WoundHealth and MedicalBattlePrisoner of War

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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