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Williams, Otho Holland (1749-1794) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04754 Author/Creator: Williams, Otho Holland (1749-1794) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 October 1790 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Williams informs Secretary of War Knox that William's brother is writing Knox regarding their contract. Williams's brother and a Mr. Eliot are interested in continuing to supply rations and hope to both remain employed in "the department of the Quarter Master" after their contract expires at the end of 1790. Williams says he will detail events more later, but that the contractors' "exertions...last summer and fall" was no less than to be expected. Reports, "The encouragement and solicitations of Govr. St. Clair stimulated the contractors to measures which not only mortgaged the expected advances from the treasury, but involved their fortunes, and their credit to the extent..." Williams continues to speak about "supplies" procured by these contractors but does not name them. Williams believes that continuing the Quartermaster's contract with Eliot and Williams's brother would be worthwhile.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Williams, Otho Holland, 1749-1794
St. Clair, Arthur, 1734-1818

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralContractMilitary HistoryMilitary ProvisionsFinanceGovernment and CivicsWestward ExpansionFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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