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Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05925 Author/Creator: Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 September 1793 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.8 x 18.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Encloses a copy of a newspaper advertisement for Knox's land, which is up for sale to pay taxes (see GLC02437.05923 for an explanation). Asks for instructions. Hopes the yellow fever epidemic is abating.

People: Peirce, Joseph, 1745-1828
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Yellow FeverDiseaseRevolutionary War GeneralLand TransactionHealth and MedicalWaldo PatentTaxes or TaxationFinanceDebt

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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