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Barrell, Joseph (1739-1804) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03652 Author/Creator: Barrell, Joseph (1739-1804) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 September 1787 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Thanks Knox for his good wishes "respecting the Enterprize I am engaged in for the Northwest Coaste of America & China..." Knox had recommended Samuel Shaw to assist Barrell's venture in China (see GLC02437.03644). Stamped "Boston" on the address leaf. "Free" handwritten on address leaf with no signature. See GLC02437.03637, .03638, and .03647 for related documents.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804.
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Asia, Revolutionary War General, Frontiers and Exploration, Travel, Westward Expansion, Maritime, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Creating a New Government