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Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07228 Author/Creator: Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) Place Written: Mount Pleasant, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 January 1799 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 24.4 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Williams tells Knox that many people are disappointed that Knox has chosen not to join the army. Williams worries that Knox's absence will hurt his own career: "As it is I fear my military career will be bounded by a Lieutenacy in a volunteer Corps of Cavalry." He regrets not remaining a private and says "since therefore I am destined for the field in case of war I may as well enter fully into the service (if I can) immediately; I wrote for this purpose a note to Genl Hamilton." Williams goes on to talk about his prowess as an artillerist and that some say he should be considered for promotion to major. Williams says he has not asked Knox to talk to Hamilton because of the perception of impropriety. He believes Knox would do it anyway if he sees that fit. However, "the truth is that without asking nothing seems likely to be obtained." In a postscript, Williams notes that Lt. Col. Edward Carrington was selected as Quarter Master General of the U.S. Army.

People: Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Carrington, Edward, 1749-1810
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Office SeekerMilitary HistoryCavalryArtillery

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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