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West, Benjamin (fl. 1773) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00063 Author/Creator: West, Benjamin (fl. 1773) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 May 1773 Pagination: 1p. +addr.+docket. 19.8 cm. x 16.1 cm.

Explains that he has recently gone bankrupt. Explains that his creditors seized all the assets in his shop and "scarce left me the necessities of life." Asks Knox for leniency in regard to the money he owes him.

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