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Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04608 Author/Creator: Freeman, Constant (1757-1824) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 May 1790 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.7 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the excess amount of officers in the military, which means that many who hope for jobs with the new government will be disappointed. Remarks that he realizes that many men, especially on the frontiers, will be counting on Knox for employment. Respectfully requests that Knox nominate him as an inspector, if there are still positions available, adding that he would not have done so if General [Henry] Jackson had not encouraged him.

People: Freeman, Constant, 1757-1824
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryOffice SeekerGovernment and CivicsFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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