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Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04601 Author/Creator: Biddle, Clement (1740-1814) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 May 1790 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 18.8 cm.

Writes on behalf of a friend who "solicits the office of Ensign in the Service of the United States - "Writes on behalf of a friend, Mr. William Burd, who "solicits the office of Ensign in the Service of the United States." Reports that he is the son of Mark Burd, who worked in the Quartermaster's office, and that William Burd has the endorsement of Thomas Mifflin, former Quartermaster General and former President of the Continental Congress.

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