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Tracy, John (fl. 1789) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04231 Author/Creator: Tracy, John (fl. 1789) Place Written: Newburyport, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 June 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks for Knox's help in keeping his friend, General [Jonathan] Titcomb, in office. Writes that General Titcomb led a militia force in the previous war and never received any compensation, and also lost his fortune after the war. His only method of supporting himself is through a position in the naval office at Newburyport. Is unsure whether the government in New York will be in charge of hiring for this position, but hopes that Knox will recommend that Titcomb stay in office. Suggests that he ask Mr. [possibly Tristram] Dalton, Mr. [possibly Rufus] King and Mr. [possibly Elbridge] Gerry about Titcomb's character. Also discusses another friend, Mr. Stephen Cross, who asked Tracy to inquire about Knox's land holdings in Maine, and the possibility of purchasing lands on which he resides (on the "Brigadeer Islands in Penobscot").

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Tracy, John, fl. 1789-1795
Titcomb, Jonathan, 1728-1817
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
King, Rufus, 1755-1827
Dalton, Tristram, 1738-1817
Cross, Stephen, fl. 1789

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitiaRevolutionary WarSoldier's PayFinanceDebtNavyGovernment and CivicsOffice SeekerLetter of Introduction or RecommendationWaldo PatentLand Transaction

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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