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Butler, Pierce (1744-1822) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04296 Author/Creator: Butler, Pierce (1744-1822) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 July 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 23.1 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to recommend a friend, Mr. Hall, for a clerk's position under Knox in the War Department. Describes Mr. Hall's past military service as well as his misfortunes in civilian life, and describes him as old but honorable and of great ability. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralLetter of Introduction or RecommendationGovernment and CivicsOffice SeekerMilitary History

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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