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Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) to Joseph E. Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00572.19 Author/Creator: Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 December 1860 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 26 x 20 cm.

Retained copy, docketed by Semmes. Writes to the Governor of Georgia enclosing a contract (not present; probably GLC00508.04) for the purchase of rifle cannon, projectiles, and lead. Discusses the pros and cons of different types of guns, shells and ranges. With initialled postscript.

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