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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Samuel Barrett

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04219 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 May 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Received his last letter (GLC02437.04200). Declares that Barrett's education and reputation entitle him to request a position in the new government, but that all nominations are made by the President. Encourages him to submit a letter of application, and discusses what its contents should include.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Barrett, Samuel, 1739-1798

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralOffice SeekerEducationPresidentGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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