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Clarke, James (fl. 1775) to Nicholas Cooke

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02105 Author/Creator: Clarke, James (fl. 1775) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 June 1775 Pagination: 1 p. + addr 24 x 19 cm

Summary of Content: Also signed by James Clarke. Apologizes for their delay in providing Governor of Rhode Island Cooke with accurate records of recent imports and exports that they are compiling. Thinks a more extended accounting would be more useful, and if Cooke and the legislature agree, Ellery and Clarke "will readily undertake the business and hope we shall be able to exhibit an account to August sessions." A Member of the Continental Congress from 1776 until 1785, William Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Cooke was Governor of Rhode Island from 1775 until 1778.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CommerceMerchants and TradeFinanceEconomicsGovernment and CivicsMaritime

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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