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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Wilson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07699 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Thomaston, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 December 1801 Pagination: 8 p. : docket ; 29.3 x 17.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Instructions given to Wilson regarding Wilson's year assignment working for Knox. Specifically, Wilson is instructed to superintend the St. Georges mills by checking on them daily . He is also expected to attend to the docks and canals. Written at Montpelier in St. Georges [present day Thomaston, Maine]. Date was taken from docket.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Wilson, Benjamin, fl. 1801

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: LaborMillForestryInfrastructureCanalsWaldo PatentIndustry

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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