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Vose, Thomas (1753-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04205 Author/Creator: Vose, Thomas (1753-1810) Place Written: Watertown, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 May 1789 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 31.1 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from Watertown, possibly in Massachusetts. Vose, Knox's agent in some of the Waldo patent lands, describes waiting longer than he expected for a communication from Knox. He then experienced frustration and had to handle the irritation of many citizens of the Waldo patent lands that he manages. Mentions leaving the area and waiting for word from Knox before returning. Discusses an agreement made with the Winslows, and describes extreme difficulty in contacting them and making arrangements. Indicates that he is very "unhappily circumstanced" and short of money.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Land TransactionWaldo PatentRevolutionary War GeneralLandlord and TenantFinanceBoundary or Property DisputeContract

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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