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Ripley, Sylvanus (1749-1787) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00104 Author/Creator: Ripley, Sylvanus (1749-1787) Place Written: Salem, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 December 1773 Pagination: 1p. +addr.+docket. 18.4 cm. x 15.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Expresses regret over the death of a common friend, Mr. Morehead. Indicates that Reverend Whitaker will deliver this letter and probably serve as preacher the following day. Ripley served as a missionary, preacher at Dartmouth College, and professor of theology at Dartmouth as well. He spells his first name Silvanus.

People: Ripley, Sylvanus, 1749-1787
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: DeathReligionEducation

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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