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Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01342 Author/Creator: Peirce, Joseph (1745-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 January 1782 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the Excise Act and the response of New England Towns and ports. Mentions problems with currency and payments, and argues, "Our Legislative & Executive Bodies seem to be by far too large for so young a State - they swallow up an immense Sum of money, which might be better approximated to pay the army." Comments on local merchant vessels and mentions he has received word about the vessel Knox's brother William is on. Congratulates Knox and his wife on the birth of their son, and adds that since his own last letter Mrs. Peirce has had a baby boy as well, and that both are healthy.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Peirce, Joseph, 1745-1828.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Taxes or Taxation, Government and Civics, Law, Coins and Currency, Finance, Economics, Soldier's Pay, Continental Army, Merchants and Trade, Commerce, Maritime, Travel, Children and Family, Women's History, Health and Medical

Sub Era: The War for Independence