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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Palfrey

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04222 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 May 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.5 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Received his recent letter (GLC02437.04211). Is not aware of any vacancies in the public offices at present. Believes that there are so many applicants to government positions at present, that unless Palfrey receives a promise from an official who has the power to hire him, he should not rely on a government position and should continue looking for work elsewhere. He will nonetheless advise Palfrey of any positions that unexpectedly arise that might suit his talents.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Palfrey, William, 1765-1820

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsOffice Seeker

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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