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Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07409 Author/Creator: Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 May 1800 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 25.1 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Peirce informs Knox that the "President has directed the Troops to be disbanded." John Marshall has replaced Timothy Pickering as Secretary of State and Samuel Dexter has been nominated as Secretary of War.

People: Peirce, Joseph, 1745-1828
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
Marshall, John, 1755-1835

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Quasi-warFranceGlobal History and CivicsMilitary HistoryPresidentPolitics

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