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Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04652 Author/Creator: Hichborn, Benjamin (1746-1817) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 July 1790 Pagination: 1 p. ; 32.2 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes on behalf of General [John] Glover who wishes to fill the office of collection officer at Marblehead, Massachusetts. Mentions that a Mrs. Danforth "took herself from earthly trouble yesterday by strangling herself." For Glover's appeal to Knox, refer to GLC02437.04653.

People: Hichborn, Benjamin, 1746-1817
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Glover, John, 1732-1797

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistorySuicideOffice SeekerFinanceGovernment and CivicsTaxes or TaxationCommerce

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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