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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Bennett Wheeler

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04692 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 14 August 1790 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.1 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Secretary of War Knox responds to a claim Wheeler made to Knox in a previous letter that the "present naval officer of Providence had obtained this office through the influence of the mechanics of Providence." Knox insists no one had "reason or authority from me" to report such a matter.

Background Information: Bennett Wheeler was a newspaper publisher of United States Chronicler in Providence, Rhode Island from 1784-1802.

People: Wheeler, Bennet, 1756-1806
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralOffice SeekerMaritimeCommerceGovernment and CivicsJournalism

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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