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Unknown [Salaries for War Department employees]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05389 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript document Date: 31 March 1792-4 April 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32 x 20.2 cm. Order a Copy

Written in two different hands. Lists the salaries for War Department employees, including Caleb Swan and Constant Freeman, for the period of January, February and March, 1792. Signed by nine War Department employees: John Stagg Jr, R.J. Vanden Brock, Caleb Swan (signature not included), Constant Freeman Jr., Benjamin Bankson, Philip Andibert, Nathan Jones, James B. Smith, C.L. Cummings Messenger, and Fredrik Sprig Messenger.

Caesar Lloyd Cummings (d. 1792), one of six civilian employees in the War Department, was a free black man. He worked as the department messenger. (At least one source indicates that Cummings had served there since the Board of War's creation in 1777.)

Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Swan, Caleb, 1758-1809
Freeman, Constant, 1757-1824
Vanden Brock, R. J., fl. 1789-1793

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