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Wheeler, William Willard (1774-1788) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00174 Author/Creator: Wheeler, William Willard (1774-1788) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 August 1774 Pagination: 1p.+addr.+docket. 20 cm. x 16 cm.

Summary of Content: Reverend Wheeler orders religious books, and expects to buy more soon to supply a local school.

People: Wheeler, William Willard, 1774-1788
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Book SellingReligionMerchants and TradeCommerceEducation

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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