Williams Declines Promotion on the Grounds of Health

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Date May 6, 1792
Author Name Brigadier General Otho H. Williams (primary) Location: Baltimore
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, declines command commission; describes health as precarious over the past two years.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Otho H Williams; President; family; orphan children; ;
Related Places Baltimore; ;
Keywords command; health; estates; decline; ;
Key Phrases charge in which my integrity and affections are engaged; charge of a number of orphan children and their estates must be neglected; request to be excused for declining the honor proposed to be conferred on me; persuade that you will do me the justice to believe that when it is in my power to render my efficient service to my country; happy in the opportunity; honored by your private letter; highly complimented by the favorable opinion which you presume the President is pleased to entertain of my abilities; accept a command in the army; commanding in chief; health for more than two years has been extremely precarious and still requires the most attentive care; happiness of my family;
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