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Higginson, Stephen (1743-1828) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04553 Author/Creator: Higginson, Stephen (1743-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 March 1790 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 23.1 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks Knox to help his son obtain a position in the military. Higginson's son, John, previously served as an Ensign under General Jackson. He is now employed as commander of a ship, overseeing its cargo, but wants to change careers and become a soldier again: "[B]efore he sailed last, he told me, that he should prefer being a Captain in the Army, to the situation of an [eminant] & wealthy merchant." Reports that his son is abroad, but will return in two months; asks that if Knox raises any new troops during that time, he reserve a spot for John Higginson, "if that be not improper." Congratulates Knox on the progress and growth of the new government.

People: Higginson, Stephen, 1743-1828
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralChildren and FamilyOffice SeekerMilitary HistoryMerchants and TradeCommerceMaritimeGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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