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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Duer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04955 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter Date: 23 May 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 31.6 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Expresses discontent that 5,000 dollars worth of notes Duer gave him will not be discounted by the bank because Duer is a non-resident. Claims he was depending on the notes being discounted and says "I shall suffer the most excessive inconvenience unless you make an arrangement for that purpose." Asks him to write to Mr. Ross to find a solution. Expected to hear from him by now and wants to know when he will be in Philadelphia.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Duer, William, 1747-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralBankingBank of the USFinance

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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