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Goldsborough, Robert (1733-1788) to Matthew Ridley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.135 Author/Creator: Goldsborough, Robert (1733-1788) Place Written: Talbot, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 August 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Goldsborough, a member of the Continental Congress, discusses the alteration of [Minshall's?] deed with Ridley, a merchant in Baltimore (possibly the manager of the Maryland branch of the London mercantile firm of Stewart and Campbell). States that he has been unable to collect money from various persons who owing for the transaction. Apologizes for not being able to gather the money, stating that his failure was due to family illness and business in the courts. Hopes to collect the money in the course of the following week, and promises to send messengers by ship regarding the transaction. Promises to discuss the present politics in a following letter. Reports that a vessel recently arrived in Philadelphia carrying officers, and "the Philadelphians have been so uncivil as to make prisoners of them- Death, Desertion, and a general Dissatisfaction, amounting at most to Mutiny among them, is, I suppose no news to you ... "

People: Goldsborough, Robert, 1733-1788
Ridley, Matthew, 1749-1789

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Health and MedicalLand TransactionFinancePoliticsRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryMutinyDesertionDeath

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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