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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to John Hancock [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.175 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter Date: 24 August 1790 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks Governor Hancock to collect data on the cod and whale fisheries. Seller's note reads: "an incomplete press copy of a contemporary transcript." First pages missing. Written while Jefferson was Secretary of State.

Background Information:

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Hancock, John, 1737-1793

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentIndustryFinanceEconomicsMaritime

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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