Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) to Henry Knox

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05387 Author/Creator: Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 March 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to discuss business about the Waldo patent lands in Maine. Relays a report from Captain [George] Ulmer about arrangements Knox had made with the residents of the patent. Discusses Isaac Winslow's decision to begin selling his portion of the patent; Winslow may visit Knox in Philadelphia for help and advice in this endeavor. Encloses a deed (not present) for lands in Maine. Touches on other business matters, particularly pertaining to the Secretary of State of New Hampshire.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Peirce, Joseph, 1745-1828
Ulmer, George, 1756-1825
Winslow, Isaac, 1763-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Waldo PatentLand TransactionRevolutionary War GeneralBoundary or Property DisputeFinanceEstateContractGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources