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Pintard, John M. to Tobias Lear re: requesting permission for publication

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.011 Author/Creator: Pintard, John M. Place Written: [Boston] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1790/09/18 Pagination: 1 p. + address 18.6 x 8 cm

Summary of Content: Pintard asks Lear for permission to publish a sketch in "New York" magazine: "I mentioned to you when at the President's that I should take it as a particular favor if you would allow a sketch to be taken of the drawing of the Bastile & the key." (Referring to the model of the Bastile and its key, presented to President Washington by Lafayette, and still at Mount Vernon.) Pintard writes "King Street" in Boston as his address. Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: King Street. 18th. September 1790 -
Sir
I mentioned to you when at the Presidents that I should take it as a particular favor if you would allow a sketch to ...be taken of the drawing of the Bastile & the key - W. [Tiebout] waits on you with their note for that purpose, & I will consider it an obligation to allow him a fight of it, as [struck: any] a drawing of these is intended for publication in the New York Magazine -
I am
Sir
Your ob[edient] Serv[an]t.
John Pintard.

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