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Ellis, J. J. (fl. 1859) to James B. McPherson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03746.03.02 Author/Creator: Ellis, J. J. (fl. 1859) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 August 1859. Pagination: 1 p. ; 13.5 x 20 cm.

Invites McPherson to go sailing to "Acatraz...this young Gibralter." McPherson was in charge of the erection of fortifications on Alcatraz island. Date inferred.

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