Tracy, John (fl. 1789-1795) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04446 Author/Creator: Tracy, John (fl. 1789-1795) Place Written: Newburyport, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 December 1789 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 23.1 x 18.9 cm.
Discusses his troubles concerning his family estate. Says that financial difficulties will prevent him from settling in the Western Country. Discusses his financial ruin, stating, "in a word, I must look to my Country, a Country that I neither spared property, Labour or attention to support, when in my power but on the contrary, the confidence I placed was my ruin - I do not reflect on myself or my Country - I was happy in sinking or swimming with them..." Asks Knox to assist him in obtaining a position in the Customs Office.
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