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(1757-1823) Federalist Representative and Senator from Massachusetts. Good content A.L.S. 1p. 4to. Washington, Apr. 10, 1802 to Paul Fearing (1762-1822) concerning lands (presumably in the Ohio country, or further west) to be sold to a loyalist refugee living in Nova Scotia. He writes, in part: "...Mr. William Howe was one of the Nova Scotia Refugees for whose use You made Choice of the Locations in his Name...His Patents have been issued for the following Tracts...", and proceeds to detail three 320 acre tracts, adding that the loyalist refugee " desirous to sell if advantageous Sales can be made & has desired Me to request your attention & care of the Lands till you can bargain them...In the meantime you will be careful to have the Taxes to be assessed discharged so as to save you any additional Expense...". The William Howe in question was most likely a lieutenant who served under Capt. Michael Grass in a loyalist company during the Revolutionary War. An interesting slice of life demonstrating how old animosities from the Revolution were beginning to fade in the face of opportunities to make money! Usual folds, otherwise fine condition.
Estimate $ 200-300

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