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Allen, Jeremiah (fl. 1782-1791) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04250 Author/Creator: Allen, Jeremiah (fl. 1782-1791) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 June 1789 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 22.7 x 18.6 cm.

Mentions that his friend Captain Josiah Roberts asked him whether Mr. [Samuel] Shaw has a captain for his ship yet for his next voyage. Allen promised to write and ask, as well as to recommend Roberts for the post, declaring that he himself took a voyage with Roberts and never knew a "more compleat sailor."

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