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Calling You and General Knox Into Immediate Service

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Document Information
Date August 23, 1798
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: Trenton
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Pickering reaffirms his support of Hamilton's position as second in command of the Provisional Army despite the opinions of some that the post should by right have been offered to General Knox.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Timothy Pickering; Mr. [James] McHenry; Mr. [Oliver] Wolcott [Jr.]; General [Henry] Knox; Secretary of War [McHenry]; the President [John Adams]; Senate; General Washington; [Edward] Hand; [Charles Cotesworth] Pinckney; members of Congress; your fellow citizens; provisional army; command; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places New Jersey; Trenton; five New England states; ;
Keywords first rank; Commander in Chief; his silence; rule of the former war; relative rank of officers of the same grade appointed on the same day; priority of rank; captain of horse; aid to the Commander in Chief; rank of lieutenant colonel; public voice; old rule; ;
Key Phrases McHenry said also that General Washington made your appointment the sine qua non of his accepting the chief command.

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