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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Mercy Otis Warren

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04276 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 July 1789 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 32.2 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Has received her recent letter. Declares that he would love to help members of her family, but that the President handles all appointments, so suggests that Major H[enry] Warren (likely her son; see GLC02437.04245) contact the President directly. Adds that it would be helpful to include character references, perhaps written by General [Benjamin] Lincoln and Governor [James] Bowdoin. Discusses the basis on which the President will be making appointments. Also discusses the recent illness of his child (see GLC02437.04275).

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814
Warren, Henry, 1764-1828
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralWoman AuthorWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyPresidentOffice SeekerGovernment and CivicsHealth and MedicalDisease

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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