Tracey asks Jackson for recommendation to Knox

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Date January 4, 1791
Author Name John Tracey (primary) Location: Newbury Port
Recipient Name Henry Jackson (primary) Location: Boston
Summary Letter, asks for recommendation to appointment; mentions Revolutionary war.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Jackson; John Tracey; Dalton; ;
Related Places Boston; Newbury Port; Massachusetts; ;
Keywords write as soon as convenience will admit to your friend the Secretary of War; recommend me to the President of the United States; relying on your friendship & assistance; organizing, inspecting and reviewing the militia has been my duty and study for the last few years of my life; flatter myself I have conducted with industry and honor; enquiry of the officers of the division; pretend to vie with those who have bben on a Continental Establishment; put myself equal to any of my brothers in the line that I am in; find I am the oldest inspecting officer of the militia in the state; abilities & character are sufficient; pretensions that in addition to the loss of my property in consequence of the late revolution; since you was in town I have maturely considered the subject of our conversation respecting my applying for the place of Inspector for the District of Massachusetts; ;
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Brig Gen Henry Jackson
Boston
[blotch / illegible]1771
John [illegible]
XXVII-102
Newbury [?] Jan 14 1791
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Sir John Tracey
Since you was in town, I have maturely considered the Subject of our Conversation respecting my applying for the place of Inspector for the District of Massachusetts and I find I am the oldest inspecting Officer of the Militia in the State, which if my Abilities & Character are sufficient give me Pretensions, that in Addition to the loss of my property in Consequence of the late Revolution, I think will have Weight -- Organizing, inspecting and reviewing the Militia has been my Duty and study the last four years of my life & I flatter myself I have [?] with Twenty and [illegible], and upon Enquiry of the Officers of this Division you will find it so -- I do not pretend to vie with those who have been on a continental Establishment, but I put myself equal to any of my Brothers in the line that I am in -- I am writing W Dalton and have to request of you Dear Sir, to write as soon as Convenience will admit to your friend the Secretary of war upon the Subject and if you
please request him to recommend me to the President of the United States.
Relying on your friendship & assistance am Sir with respect & esteem
Your most obedient &
Humble Servant
John Tracey