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Parker, Elias (1760-1798) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04335 Author/Creator: Parker, Elias (1760-1798) Place Written: Petersburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 August 1789 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.6 x 18.8 cm.

Writes, apologetically, to ask for Knox's patronage. Declares that while his current career as a merchant is more lucrative, it "is not so respectable & by no means so desirable as the one I was bred to under yr. command - indeed Sir, I feel myself totally unqualified for it." Has heard a report that troops will be raised under a Congressional recommendation, and hopes Knox will support his appointment.

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