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Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04261 Author/Creator: Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 June 1789 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 22.7 x 18.9 cm.

Discusses the establishment of a judicial branch for the United States, and his appointment as a justice in Philadelphia. Mentions that his accounts are in order. Has applied to the President for the position of "Marshall of the federal Court for the District of Pennsylvania," but has not yet appealed to any Senators except for those from Pennsylvania. Asks for Knox's help and recommendation. He and his wife also send their respects to Mrs. Knox.

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