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Watson, Brook (1735-1807) to Joshua Mauger

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03902.003 Author/Creator: Watson, Brook (1735-1807) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 June 1765 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 23.5 x 19 cm.

A Captain Richard Linthorne from Poole wishes to purchase a ship. Watson hopes the captain's destination is Halifax or Holland rather than America; any number of ships are willing to go to the former destinations. [Written during the stamp act disturbances.]

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