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Ogden, Samuel (1746-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05412 Author/Creator: Ogden, Samuel (1746-1810) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 April 1792 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 25 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Received Knox's letter but wanted to wait until he arrived in New York City before he responded. Declares that he has never seen a place in so much distress. Explains that Mr. [Alexander] Macomb is under so much stress that he has "gone beyond redemption, and must begin the world again." Has heard that before Saturday more than forty noteworthy people will "stop" (meaning stop payment to their creditors, thereby declaring bankruptcy). Discusses a recent visit with Mr. [William] Duer. Duer requested that Ogden transport a financial note to Mr. John Pintard, but Ogden did not want to oblige until he spoke to Knox about the subject. Describes his dilemma. Sends love from himself and his wife to Mrs. Knox. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Ogden, Samuel, 1746-1810
Duer, William, 1747-1799
Macomb, Alexander, 1748-1831
Pintard, John Marsden, d. 1811
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Ogden, Euphemia Morris, 1754-1818

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralFinanceDebtEconomicsPoverty

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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