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Putnam, Rufus (1738-1824) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02703 Author/Creator: Putnam, Rufus (1738-1824) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 October 1783 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 22.8 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses his observations concerning the public view of commutation. States that there is still general prejudice against officers especially by "lower class of people" but that the prejudice is abating. Mentions a "Lake Erie Scheme," the prospect of settling the western lands and a meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Society of the CincinnatiRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmySoldier's PayFinancePensionsLand TransactionWestward ExpansionFraternal Organization

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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