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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Oliver Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05032 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 June 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 21.7 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Says that Henry Jackson told him by a letter of 19 June that Smith purchased the estate for £900. Thought it would have sold for "a much more considerable sum." Says the whole sum shall be divided among the other creditors after taxes. Has written to his agent Joseph Peirce to handle the deeds, which will be executed as soon as possible.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Smith, Oliver, 1749 or 50-1797
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralLand TransactionFinanceWaldo PatentDebtTaxes or TaxationEstateContract

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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