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Sedgewick and Hull letter to Rush
1828

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Sedgewick and Hull letter to Rush

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Agrippa Hull was a freeborn black man who served in the Massachusetts militia during the Revolutionary War. In 1828, when Hull was 69 years old, he sought to have his soldier's pension mailed directly to his home. Charles Sedgewick, a neighbor, friend, and youngest son of Judge Theodore Sedgewick, wrote to Acting Secretary of State Richard Rush on Hull's behalf.

Sedgewick asked for the return of the enclosed discharge paper that had by signed by George Washington at West Point in 1783, explaining that Hull had been reluctant to part with it: "...he had rather forego the pension than lose the discharge."

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