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Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04717 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 September 1790 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 23.5 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs Knox of his travel plans and about adding subscribers to "Mrs. Warrens poems." Page two includes notes written in Knox's hand regarding what appears to be cargo on a vessel. Also includes calculations in an unknown hand.

Full Transcript: 4 Sept 90
Dear Sir
As I propose to return to Massachusetts by the first packet, which is to sail in a day or two, you will not have an oppertunity of ...adding many subscribers to Mrs Warrens poems, & if you can send the subscriptions by the bearer I will deliver it at Boston
being with sincere esteem & regard
sir your friend & very
huml sert
E Gerry
New York 4th Sept 1790

General Knox

55 Tons-
6.__2 inches hold
18. feet beam
30 feet long 92.11.10.
Capt Francis Jones 11.5
Sloop Lucy lyg 3/ 81.6.10
at Coentie slip Dock 27.2.3 ?
[New York] 108 9.1 ?
Quere whether the 75. 17
salt with which 100.
the above vessell has 8.
been loaded would 108
not tarnish the 333.
furniture - ? 26. 66 ?
1. 50.
361. 33 ?

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People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Women of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryPoetryLiterature and Language ArtsBook SellingTravelMaritimeMerchants and TradeVice President

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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