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Walker, Benjamin (1753-1818) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05398 Author/Creator: Walker, Benjamin (1753-1818) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 April 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.5 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Delayed writing to Knox, in the hopes of being able to tell him news about Mr. [William] Duer or about Madame de Leval. However, he does not have news about either, yet. Writes that General [Henry] Jackson and Mr. [Royal] Flint had to raise Duer's share of the money to purchase lands through a contract they negotiated. Adds that Duer has pledged to repay his share. Asks Knox about possibly forming a company for the lands, especially if Duer is unable to participate any longer due to his finances. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Walker, Benjamin, 1753-1818
Duer, William, 1747-1799
Leval, Rosalie Josephe Bacler de, fl. 1790-1796
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Flint, Royal, 1754-1797

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FinanceDebtLand TransactionWaldo PatentContractImmigration and MigrationWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryFranceRefugees

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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