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Freeman, Jeremiah (fl. 1775-1789) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04189 Author/Creator: Freeman, Jeremiah (fl. 1775-1789) Place Written: Kent County, Delaware Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 April 1789 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 33.5 x 21.3 cm.

Writes that the "honor I have had in serving under your immediate command, in the late war, has emboldened me to trouble you with this. I am in a disagreeable situation, and have no prospect of being in a better, which, is the only apology I can make for this request." Asks if Knox could appoint him to any clerk position in the war office, or recommend him for any other appointment. Refers him to Delaware Senator John Vining, who has also promised his help.

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