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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Nathaniel Barber

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04538 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter Date: 24 July 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.5 x 16.6 cm.

A secretarial copy of Continental Congressman Adams's response to Barber as Deputy Commissary in the Department of the Commissary General of Military Stores. References Barber's letter of 15 July 1776 in which he asked to be given pay at the rank of captain. Says the best way to succeed would be to go through Generals Artemas Ward or George Washington. Not knowing the nature of his duties, he would not help Barber by bringing it up in Congress. Says success is likely if he goes through the chain of command.

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