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West, Benjamin (fl. 1773) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00027 Author/Creator: West, Benjamin (fl. 1773) Place Written: Providence, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 January 1773 Pagination: 2 p.+ addr. + docket 20.8 cm. x 16.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Agrees to pay Knox's 80 percent advance to purchase books, although he thinks it too high. In a post script, asks for books on philosophy and mathematics.

People: West, Benjamin, fl. 1773
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Book SellingFinanceMerchants and TradeCommercePhilosophyMathematics

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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