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Abbott, James.

DOCUMENT SIGNED.

Detroit March 31, 1815. One page, 7 x 7.25", on lined paper, broken (& tape repaired on verso) at two folds, soiled at folds, edgeworn else good with partly obscured (by tape) docket on verso. Receipt for payment of postage "up to 31 March 1815 inclusive" for correspondence addressed to QM (quartermaster), Hospital Surgeon & Commanding Officer at Detroit; made out to James McCloskey for $39.85, signed by James Abbott, postmaster. Abbott was one of the richest Detroiters by the 1850s, owning a large part of what is now Downtown Detroit; he as a shopkeeper, a leading citizen, and the first to grow crops in Detroit for seeds. After the War of 1812, he was accused of helping the British! McCloskey himself, another leading citizen, was accused in 1825 of embezzling $8000! Back then, though, it didn't matter.


Book Id: 96-1229

Price: $350.00

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