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Blair, Samuel (1741-1818) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04671 Author/Creator: Blair, Samuel (1741-1818) Place Written: Germantown, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 August 1790 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 22.3 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Reverend Blair to Secretary of War Knox. Blair says his infirmities dating back to his days in the army hinder his ability to work in the "stated customary offices" of his ministry. Requests that Knox help him get a "Chaplaincy in the Congress, on their removal to Philad[elphia]. Mentions that the timing of this letter might be inconvenient as the government prepares to move from New York. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Blair, Samuel, 1741-1818

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralInjury or WoundHealth and MedicalMilitary HistoryReligionCongressGovernment and CivicsOffice Seeker

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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