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Gorham, Nathaniel (1738-1796) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04371 Author/Creator: Gorham, Nathaniel (1738-1796) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 September 1789 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the difficulties he is having in finding an agent. Mentions asking Rufus Putnam, but he "is so taken up with his Ohio concerns that I cannot prevail on him to undertake it." Has also tried to ask the surveyor, a Mr. DeWit, but he also cannot do the job. Is attempting to contact others to be present "at the runing [sic] the line" (perhaps drawing of land boundaries) in order to prevent any future land disputes. Asks Knox to help and "inform the President of the steps I have taken - As I came from home with only two shirts & very little money in my pocket & without the least idea of coming thus far Mrs. Gorham will think I am lost." Stamped "Albany" twice, overlapping each other. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Gorham, Nathaniel, 1738-1796
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralSurveyingLand TransactionBoundary or Property DisputeFrontiers and ExplorationWestward ExpansionImmigration and MigrationPresidentWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryTravelNorthwest Territory

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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