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Barrett, Samuel (1739-1798) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04805 Author/Creator: Barrett, Samuel (1739-1798) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 December 1790 Pagination: 1 p. ; 30.4 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Barrett wants to know "(in confidence)" from Knox whose idea was behind a recent speech President Washington made in which he "introduces the Subject of the Consular Convention to the Consideration of Congress." Barrett asks for advice about when he should resubmit an application to the President.

People: Barrett, Samuel, 1739-1798
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsPresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsDiplomacyTreatyCongressOffice Seeker

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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