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Rivington, James (1724-1802) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00122 Author/Creator: Rivington, James (1724-1802) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 February 1774 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Asks Knox to advertise a book coming out in the Spring in the Boston-area newspapers. Also asks him to advertise Keysey Pills, which Rivington had made earlier arrangements for Knox to sell (see GLC02437.00062 and GLC02437.00120). Mentions that he is printing Harvey's "Meditations Among the Tombs," asks if Knox would like copies to sell, and discusses pricing. Discusses possible business arrangements for the sale of other books. Rivington was a bookseller, printer, and journalist who came to America in 1760. He published Rivington's New-York Gazetteer.

People: Rivington, James, 1724-1802.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Book Selling, Merchants and Trade, Journalism, Drugs, Health and Medical, Literature and Language Arts, Finance

Sub Era: Road to Revolution