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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04316 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 4 August 1789 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.9 x 18.7 cm.

Later copy. Letter reads, "Although I do not conceive the office of Collector to the Port of Boston adequate to the merits of my friend, yet as it is the best thing that can be offered at present, I sincerely congratulate you on the appointment."

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