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Lear, Tobias (1762-1816) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04816 Author/Creator: Lear, Tobias (1762-1816) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 January 1791 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.7 x 18.2 cm.

Summary of Content: President George Washington's personal secretary Lear writes to Secretary of War Knox to find out if Knox knows anything about Samuel Ogden and the position of the New Jersey attorney general. Washington "is anxious to give in the nomination."

Full Transcript: Jany. 3. 1791
Dear Sir
The President wishes to know if you have heard anything respecting Mr Ogden who was spoken of for the Atty of New Jersey. - As the President ...is anxious to give in the nomination he will thank you for information on this point -
I am Dr Sir
respectfully & sincerely
Tobias Lear
January 3d. 1791
General Knox -
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People: Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Ogden, Samuel, 1746-1810

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralOffice SeekerGovernment and CivicsPresidentLaw

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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