Request for Character Witness Concerning Officers

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Date April 14, 1791
Author Name Jeremiah Olney (primary) Location: Providence
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses recommendations of character for officers.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Jeremiah Olney; Colonel Dexter; Captain Holden; Captains; subaltern officers; Lieutenant S; Major Franklin; Colonel Daniel Tillinghast; ;
Related Places Providence; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords military character; business; health; military glory; recommend; appointment; reputation; intemperance; supply; clothing; ;
Key Phrases unpleasing and delicate task to draw the dark side of a persons character; officer who served with tollerable reputation in the army; thought him very enterprising; fallen intothe habbits of intmeperance; residence in the south part of the state; leaves this town in ten days; officer of excellent character; his health is now and has been for a year past much impaired which would prevent his acceptance of the company even did his heart again thirst for military glory; subaltern officers; not in my power at present to recommend a person from among them that would accept; do honor to the appointment; opportunity to advise with any of them; private; honor'd with your (confidential) letter; all the old captains of reputation being now settled with their families; engaged in some cost of business; do not again to incline to assume a military character;

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