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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Tobias Lear re: recommending a man to work on canal locks

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.040 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1795/12/02 Pagination: 3 p. + docket 24 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: President Washington recommends an Englishman named Myers, whom he had interviewed.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentLetter of Introduction or RecommendationCanalsScience and Technology

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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