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Burpee, Thomas F. (fl. 1837 - 1864) to J.W. Thayer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02744.282 Author/Creator: Burpee, Thomas F. (fl. 1837 - 1864) Place Written: Plymouth Hollow Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 December 1856 Pagination: 1 p. ; 13.5 x 21.3 cm.

He writes of a band that cannot come to an agreement as to whether they want the more expensive instruments or the cheaper ones.

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