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Dawes, Thomas (1731-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04648 Author/Creator: Dawes, Thomas (1731-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 July 1790 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23.3 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Highly recommends a Mr. Alexander Thomas, who is applying for a position in Knox's department. Notes that Thomas was committed once to the prison limits for not settling a town tax he had to collect, but this incidence was the result of "an ill timed lenity," not of any dishonesty on Thomas's part. Refer to GLC02437.04616 for a related letter, in which Alexander Thomas asks Knox for employment.

People: Dawes, Thomas, 1731-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralOffice SeekerLetter of Introduction or RecommendationGovernment and CivicsDebtPrisonerLawTaxes or Taxation

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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