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Webster, Noah to Messrs. Hudson & Goodwin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03268 Author/Creator: Webster, Noah Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 September 1796 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 33 x 21 cm

Summary of Content: Writing to his publishers, Webster acknowledges their letter that told him that 500 grammars had been shipped. He wants 4,000 copies of his spelling book that he can sell in Philadelphia and would like them to print 10,000 more copies for spring sales. Recommends they add a table of contents for the sections of the spelling book.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Book SellingLiterature and Language ArtsEducationFinanceMerchants and TradeCommercePrinting

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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