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Hewson, John (1744-1821) to Rufus Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03849.07 Author/Creator: Hewson, John (1744-1821) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1820 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.7 x 19.9 cm.

Claims to be suffering from severe influenza and that he might die soon. Hopes they can meet in heaven.

Written by Hewson, a famous textile printer who was a prisoner of war during the Revolution to Lincoln as a former fellow prisoner. Lincoln was from Massachusetts.

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