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Easson, John (1715-1790) to David Easson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00191 Author/Creator: Easson, John (1715-1790) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 December 1773 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses various business matters and give instructions to his son in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Provides a brief account of the Boston Tea Party and advises David to take good care of any remaining tea he has, since there will be no more forthcoming. Written from the commonsense perspective of a man in commerce worried about losses from rowdy Bostonians. Easson was a Boston merchant.

People: Easson, John, 1715-1790.
Easson, David, 1748-1789.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Rebellion, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Canada, Boston Tea Party, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Road to Revolution