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Patten, John (fl. 1792-1794) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05373 Author/Creator: Patten, John (fl. 1792-1794) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 March 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 22.9 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that General [Henry] Jackson informed him that several gentlemen have declined appointments in the military, so he would like to be considered. Explains his qualifications, and adds that he would prefer an appointment in the cavalry if possible.

People: Patten, John, fl. 1792-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralOffice SeekerMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsCavalry

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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