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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to Nathanael Greene congratulating Greene for his appointment as Major General and sending along the General's uniform.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07884.01 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1776/08/10 Pagination: 1 p. 34.7 x 20.2 cm

In part: "Confident of your zeal and attachment to the Liberties of America, I am persuaded, you will do every thing, to merit the Honour your country has now conferred on you."

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