Character Recommendation for Officer

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Date April 25, 1791
Author Name Jeremiah Olney (primary) Location: Providence
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, asks for recommendation for Jeremiah Greenman to command.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes Private.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Jeremiah Olney; Jeremiah Greenman; Colonel Dexter; subaltern officers; lieutenant; Secretary of the Treasury; troops; ;
Related Places Providence; Connecticut; ;
Keywords military life; command; vessels; recommendation; military talents; fortitude; abilities; appointment; clothing; ;
Key Phrases thought proper to name him to you; acquaint the secretary of the Treasury with the circumstance; several sea officers of reputation that stand ready to accept the appointment; cloathing for the troops that you mentioned in your last letter has come to hand in good order; [clothing]; lieutenant of excellent character in my regiment; since the war has commanded with reputation several vessels from this port; with peculiar pleasure recommend him to be appointed the command of the company to be raised in this state; do with more confidence as I have had a long experience of his military talents and the particular knowledge I have of his persevering fortitude and abilities; every reason to believe he will do honor to the appointment should he be so fortunate as to obtain it; request your powerful interest in his favour; gentleman was recommended by me some time past to the Secretary of the Treasury as the first mate of the cutter building in Connecticut; appointment not being made and a military life being more congenial to his wishes; consulting with the subaltern officers I find that Jeremiah Olney Greenman is desirous of assuming a military life; private; agreeable to promise I have the satisfaction ot acquaint you;
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32 [circled] Private
Providence 25th April 1791
Dear Sir,
Agreeable to promise I have the Satisfaction to acquaint you by Colo. Dexter, that in Consulting with the old Subaltern Officers I find that Jeremiah Olney Greenman is disirous again of assuming a Millitary life--he was a Lieutenant of Excellent Character in my Regmt and in the war has has Commanded, with Reputation, several Vessels from this Port:- I therefore with peculiar pleasure Recommend him as a Suitable person to be appointed to the Command of the Company to be Raised in this State, and This I do with the more Confidence as I have had a long experience of his Millitary Tallents, and the particular knowledge I have of his persevering Fortitude and abilities, Five me every reason to believe he will do honor to the Appointment, should he be so fortunate as to obtain it, to ensure which permit me Sir, to request your powerfull Interest in his favour. This Gentleman [was?] Recommended by me some time past, to the Secretary of the Treasury as the first mate of the Butter building in Connecticutt, but that appointment not being made and a Millitary Life being more Congenial to his wishes, I have thought proper to name him to you.- and shall acquaint the Secretary of
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the Treasury by with the Circumstance, by this oppty and if he wishes the first mate of the Cutter to be from this State I know several [undecipherable] Officers of Reputation who that stand Ready to accept the appointment--- The Cloathing for the Troops mentioned in your last letter, has come to Land in good order.
I have the Honor to be with EsteemDear SirYour Most Obed. andMost Hum. SertJereh Olney
Henry Knox Esqr.Secretary of War.
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[in right margin]Letter to Genl KnoxSecretary at War25th April 1791