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.
Content Notes [not available]
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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