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M.B. (fl. 1857) to John Cripps

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.24 Author/Creator: M.B. (fl. 1857) Place Written: Clifton, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 April 1857 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 17.5 x 11.3 cm.

Expresses his disappointment at Cripps canceling his plans to visit. Describes what the two of them would have done if Cripps came to visit. Written on personal stationery with a "B" imprinted at the top center of page one and on the envelope. Includes a 3 cent stamp depicting George Washington. Postmarked by hand in Rippon, Virginia, 4 April. Possibly written by Mr. Benedict of GLC03587.32 and .34.

Cripps was General Gadsden's Secretary and a sawyer by profession.

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