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Pike, William (fl. 1789-1790) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04334 Author/Creator: Pike, William (fl. 1789-1790) Place Written: Newburyport, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 August 1789 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 22.4 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that he was informed by his friend Mr. [Elbridge] Gerry that Knox was nominated to lead the War Department and that there might be a vacancy in his department for which Pike could apply. Asks that if Knox's department is already full, Knox recommend him to Mr. [likely Samuel] Osgood, who will likely head the Treasury Department, or to any other department head Knox knows.

Background Information: Samuel Osgood was actually appointed Postmaster General, and the position at the head of the Treasury Department, Secretary of the Treasury, was given to Alexander Hamilton.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Pike, William, fl. 1789-1790
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Osgood, Samuel, 1748-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsOffice Seeker

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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