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Flucker, Presence (fl. 1786) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03325 Author/Creator: Flucker, Presence (fl. 1786) Place Written: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 November 1786 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30.2 x 18.1 cm. Order a Copy

Docket reads, "from [sic, about] a negro woman formerly belonging to Mr Flucker." Writes that she heard from a Miss Cummings that Knox offered to receive her into his home as a cook or some other kind of servant upon the death of the Fluckers "as an Assylum in my old Age." Would be lacking in a sense of duty and gratitude if she did not "acknowledge the great kindness of such an offer; especially from one of a Family with whom I have spent the greatest and happiest part of my life." However, she is obliged to decline the offer, as she has been married and settled in this place, and also has been in ill health, so she does not want to make the journey. Thanks him for his kindness and prays for his prosperity.

Flucker, Presence, fl. 1786
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Flucker, Hannah, 1726-1785
Flucker, Thomas, 1719-1783

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