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Waldo, Jonathan (fl. 1774-1779) to William Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00186 Author/Creator: Waldo, Jonathan (fl. 1774-1779) Place Written: Salem, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 November 1774 Pagination: 3p.+addr. 19.9 cm. x 16 cm.

Asks Knox to find an excuse for Waldo's mother, who has accused Waldo of neglect for not writing. States that running a store is very time consuming and prevents him from writing. Mentions that he sent a package with letters and newspapers to Knox and asks Knox if he received it.

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