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Palmer, Joseph (1716-1788) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09048 Author/Creator: Palmer, Joseph (1716-1788) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 December 1767-11 January 1768 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 31 x 18.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to "lay before you a general state of our present circumstances, in order for Your impartial advice." Lists lands as well as buildings and structures on the lands, as well as their values. Considers in particular the worth of a glass manufactory. Discusses how best to set up his finances for his family, as he is getting old; mentions the possibility of moving to Boston and setting up a business there. Asks extensive questions of the addressee regarding his debts, and expounds upon what each member of his family thinks he should do about his financial situation.

People: Palmer, Joseph, 1716-1788

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: FinanceChildren and FamilyEstateIndustryArtisansLand TransactionImmigration and MigrationDebt

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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