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Watkin, Lah? S. to Woodson Johnson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09302.012 Author/Creator: Watkin, Lah? S. Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 December 1855 Pagination: 1p. ; 16 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: upset over twelve pairs of shoes that the author made for Mr. Johnson. he was supposed to receive ten dollars and only received nine


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistoryAgriculture and Animal HusbandryFinanceWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyWhigsElectionPoliticsEnslaved people

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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