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Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04223 Author/Creator: Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 May 1789 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to ask Knox for help finding a government job, arguing that his current situation limits his ability to subsist on his pay. Specifically requests a military command, but would like a civil appointment until such time as troops need to be raised. Adds that if this request is an error in judgment, he wrote because of recent overtures of friendship between Knox and himself, and adds that his "very good friend General [Henry] Jackson" will be enclosing this letter with his own. Originally included with GLC02437.04227.

Background Information: According to the Library of Congress, Freeman joined the U.S. Army as First Lieutenant 9 November 1776 and reached the rank of Colonel before he was honorably discharged 15 June 1815. He was ...an auditor in the U.S. Navy Department.See More

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Freeman, Constant, 1757-1824
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsOffice SeekerSoldier's PayMilitary HistoryFriendshipFinance

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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