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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to John Bryant

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03432.034 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 26 July 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: General Lincoln sends Captain Bryant a congressional resolution (not included) "relative to the department of military stores." Asks Bryant to fire the commissary of general stores and his clerk at the armory in Springfield and to take over the business of the facility: "I hope and presume you will not refuse it -- for whoever eats the bread of the public ought to be willing to perform such services." Written from the War Office. Letter is split along fold lines causing text loss. Fragile.

Background Information: Benjamin Lincoln served as the first Secretary of War from 1781-1783 and was a member of the Massachusetts state convention that ratified the United States Constitution. From 1788-1789 Lincoln served ...as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Captain John Bryant was the Deputy Commissary of Military Stores at the Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.See More

People: Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Bryant, John, 1742-1816

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American StatesmenMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionGovernment and CivicsCongress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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