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Lovell, James (1737-1814) to Samuel Holten

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.020.07 Author/Creator: Lovell, James (1737-1814) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 October 1780 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 21 x 33.5 cm.

Summary of Content: States he received his letter yesterday. Mentions he is sorry to hear about the poor health of someone named Sheldon (possibly Jeremiah Shelden). Mentions that Mr. Partridge lent him a scale of depreciation but that he cannot say if it is as acceptable as the continental one. Expects to soon see a printed account of Holten's elections on the new Constitution. Postcript states that General Ward (possibly Artemas Ward) gave Lovell the enclosed and sends his regards.

Background Information: Holten and Lovell were Continental Congressmen from Massachusetts.

Full Transcript: Philada. Octr. 17. 1780
Dear Sir
Yesterday I had the Pleasure of receiving your kind Letter of Sepr. 23d. I wish indeed that I could give an account from this or other ...Potent States as favorable as what you tell of Mr. Appleton. I cannot come near it.
I am sorry that Sheldon has been so unfortunate in his Health when he has made so good a Change of Climate: The poor Fellow must be quite off the Exercise of his Talent for Commerce. I expected he would have shined in [2] the trading Line.
Mr. Partridge was so kind as to send me a scale of Depreciation. I imagine it will not be so acceptable as our continental one but I leave that Subject to another who is more touched with it than I.
I expect in a short Time to see a printed account of your Elections on the new [Massachusetts] Constitution. There is one degree above "high Spirits;" when a "gouty" Man can show such, it may be expected that upon laying aside his Flannel he will be in a "tip top" Flow.
[3] Under a weeping Cold I must close, with assuring you of my Esteem and Affection as a Friend at your Service. James Lovell.

Genl. Ward delivered me the inclosed & not being able to write particularly to you presents his Regards.
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People: Lovell, James, 1737-1814
Holten, Samuel, 1738-1816

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: FinanceEconomicsInaugural AddressHealth and MedicalElectionState ConstitutionRevolutionary WarContinental CongressCongress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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