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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Samuel H. Parsons, James M. Varnum, and John C. Symmes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03806 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 23 Ferbuary 1788 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Knox writes to Parsons, Varnum, and Symmes, the first judges of the Northwest Territory. Introduces Thomas H. Cushing, who served in the army during the Revolutionary war and plans to settle in the Northwest Territory. Recommends Cushing for the position of clerk of the court for the Northwest Territory. Docketed as a "Copy of a Circular letter."

People: Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789
Varnum, James M. (James Mitchell)., 1748-1789
Symmes, John Cleves, 1742-1814
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationRevolutionary War GeneralNorthwest TerritoryLetter of Introduction or RecommendationImmigration and MigrationWestward ExpansionMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarJudiciaryGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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