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Crafts, Thomas (1740-1799) [Bill for lace]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.08398 Author/Creator: Crafts, Thomas (1740-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: 17 February 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 9.4 x 18.5 cm.

General Henry Knox bought 16 yards of gold lace from Colonel Thomas Crafts. Knox paid £16. Crafts signed the bill stating he "Recd the Contents."

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