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Goddard, Mary Katherine, 1738-1816; to his excellency George Washington Esq. President of the United States

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09756.02 Author/Creator: Goddard, Mary Katherine, 1738-1816; Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter Date: 23 December 1789 Pagination: 1 p.; 33.9 x 21 cm

One letter addressed to George Washington from Mary Katherine Goddard dated December 23, 1789. Pertains to reinstating Mary Katherine Goddard as the Postmaster General in Baltimore. Claims that she had not committed misconduct in her position. and should therefore not be forcibly removed by Postmaster General Samuel Osgood.

Mary Katherine Goddard (1738-1816) was the postmaster of the Baltimore Post Office. She also worked as a publisher and was likely the first to print a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which revealed the signers' identity in January 1777. This is known as the Goddard Broadside.

(See GLC01747 for George Washington's letter on her removal.)

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