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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.00525
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0016] January-April 1777 
Title Benjamin Rush to Henry Knox recommending an officer
Date 30 January 1777
Author Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Recommends a young officer named Ebenezer Finley to Knox's artillery corps Finley is "intimately acquainted with those branches of knowledge with are connected with the Science of war." Is currently a third lieutenant in another artillery group, but has been offered command of a Maryland infantry company. But since "his genius & inclinations both mark him for the artillery," Rush is hoping top secure him a company of artillery under Knox instead. States Finley is also "a perfect little gentleman." Also mentions that his father is the late Doctor Samuel Finley, the President of the College of New Jersey, now called Princeton, where Ebenezer was a graduate. "On public service” written on address leaf.
Subjects Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Artillery  Continental Army  Military History  Infantry  Education  Continental Congress  Congress  
People Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  Knox, William (1756-1795)  Finley, Ebenezer (1746-1784)  Finley, Samuel (1715-1766)  
Place written Baltimore, Maryland
Theme The American Revolution; Education
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Benjamin Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the physician general of the army in 1777, and the Treasurer of the United States Mint. Samuel Finley was the fifth president of Princeton, and before that had run an academy in Nottingham, Maryland, where Rush had been a student.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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