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Stoddert, Benjamin (1751-1813) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07292 Author/Creator: Stoddert, Benjamin (1751-1813) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 August 1799 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25.7 x 20.2 cm

Stoddert, Secretary of the Navy, has received Knox's letter of 4 July 1799 by "Captain Nicholson." Stoddert assures Knox that he has no intention of "depriving him of his commission" and that President Adams would never "consent to injure any person to gratify popular clamor." Stoddert says Knox's son, Lieutenant Henry [Jackson] Knox, will be assigned to the "Constellation" under Captain [James] Barron. He thinks it would be most "advantageous...that he serve on board of a southern ship."

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