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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Ebenezer Dunton, Thomas Vose, and James Waller Head, and [Life] Wilson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06717 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 April 1796 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 31.8 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Marked "copy." Includes several letters. The first, to Mr. [Life] Wilson, provides instructions for him to build a saw mill in the St. Georges region of Maine using lumber from Mr. James Waller Head. The second note, to Mr. Head, asks him to provide lumber to Mr. Wilson. The third, to Mr. Dunton, asks Dunton to provide Wilson with supplies. The last, apparently to Mr. Vose, provides a variety of instructions about a canal-building project.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Dunton, Ebenezer, fl. 1794-1796
Vose, Thomas, 1753-1810
Head, James Waller, fl. 1796

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Building ConstructionIndustryMillWaldo PatentCanalsTransportationInfrastructure

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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