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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04629
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0095] April-June 1790 
Title Henry Sherburne to Henry Knox about government appointments and his lack of
Date 17 June 1790
Author Sherburne, Henry (1741-1825)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses appointments made by the President to various positions. Asks Knox "reason of my being totally neglected; perhaps it might have been from Misrepresentation made to the President." Informs Knox that Rhode Island's senators will be arriving in New York soon and describes them: "Mr Stanton you'l [sic] find to be a man highly tinctured with anti principles, and filled with the most exalted [Ideas] of the Landholders - consequence, - but as he is a man of much Modesty & Condecension [sic], I flatter myself he will do (after spending some time with you) right. Mr Foster will do all in his power to promote the Interest of the Union, with a proviso, that he does not deviate from any of the determined plans of his Brother Fenner our present Governor, by whoes [sic] Influence he obtained his appointment. This Gentleman possesses a good heart, has genuine Federal sentiment, a full share of sensibility, and is a man of Liberal education." Stamped "Newport." "Free" handwritten on address leaf with no signature.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  President  Government and Civics  Office Seeker  Congress  Federalists  Politics  Education  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Sherburne, Henry (1741-1825)  
Place written Newport, Rhode Island
Theme The Presidency; Creating a New Government; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information The senators he mentions are Joseph Stanton IV (1739-1807) and Theodore Foster (1752-1828). The governor he mentions is Arthur Fenner (1745–1805) who served as governor 1790-1805.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859