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Lear, Tobias (1762-1816) Tobias Lear papers [Decimalized .001- .178]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794 Author/Creator: Lear, Tobias (1762-1816) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1785-1867 (bulk:1785-1809 Pagination:

The collection ranges from 1785-1867, with the bulk being 1785-ca. 1796 (items as Washington's personal secretary with some surveying and business correspondence), and 1800-1809 (the majority is correspondence from Lear's service as United States Consul to Algiers).

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