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Hunt, J. (fl. 1776) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04764.78 Author/Creator: Hunt, J. (fl. 1776) Place Written: Wells, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 June 1776 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.9 x 18.3 cm.

Hunt is writing to an unknown recipient. Sends it to "My Dearest Friend." The index prepared for this collection suggests it could be to General John Burgoyne. It could also have been sent to Robert Kingston. It is impossible to tell. Year inferred from the "Sat. Even: June 29th." The only year in the 1770s to have a June 29th on a Saturday is 1776. Says he saw his sister and had hoped to see him. Tells him that his mother became ill and died. Hopes circumstances have permitted him to leave before this arrives. Says he will help out in whatever way he can.

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