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Cooper & Pond (fl. 1860) to Paul J. Semmes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00572.21 Author/Creator: Cooper & Pond (fl. 1860) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 December 1860 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.4 x 13 cm.

Letter from a New York arms dealer informing Semmes that they have 930 Enfield rifles made for the British government. They are brand new and inspected. States the rifles are in great demand and if Semmes is interested, he should act quickly. Docketed by Semmes on verso.

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