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Joy, Benjamin (1758-1830) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07577 Author/Creator: Joy, Benjamin (1758-1830) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 August 1801 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 22.1 x 18.3 cm.

Discusses business transactions involving timber and lime. Appears to complain about a shipment of timber being short and the long pieces being cut. Threatens to prosecute the shipper who delivered the timber unless the shipper can replace the missing timber. Requests more timber and two long pieces. Also mentions other items he would like Knox to ship to him. Expresses his sympathies in the troubles Knox is having with the squatters (likely in Maine).

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