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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03347.35 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 March 1855 Pagination: 4 p. ; 18.5 x 22.5 cm.

First page written over. He refers to a bell that's cracked and wonders how it might have gotten cracked. He believes it can be recast.

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