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Deerfield Febry 21st 1786

Dear Sir

In ye first place I will Inform you that your
Boys and family are as well as Common & ye people
in general as well as common begers to talk of town
Meetings to Instruct There representitive there Complants
Increas with the greatest Rapiddity some thing must be
done or you had better stay where you are--property
is every day sold at ye post and for About
half ye real Value which exasperates ye poor and
Common people & Pleases a select few of ye Rich
Etc.

Wishing you would Inform me by ye Bearer
where I may find ye Deed from Uncle David of ye
Purl Ash Works as I am in great want of it as
an Oppertunity Offers to sell it or give it a way
Like wise I am Offerd thirty pounds for your
Store ye Cash will not be paid down but such
security Given as will be satisfactory ye Money
perhaps will be paid in Six or Eight Months--
Write me perticulerly What Answer to give and as
soon as posable. Dont fail Sending ye
Deed if you have it with you as ye presant
time is ye Only one I shall ever have perhaps
I gave you ye Deed Last Winter in Boston
I expect to be in town in fifteen or twenty Days
But I must give wrteings first if at all
In Complying you will Much Oblige your friend and
Very humble Sevt---James Upham---

NB if there should be Any Letters in town from my Brother Joshua
wish you would forward them. Let Jas Green no that I Intend to see him
& pay hum a part when In town Amerry & et
Mr John Williams

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This letter informs John Williams that his family is well. James Upham says that complaints are increasing and there is talk of a town meeting to instruct their representative. The complaints would have been about the state of the economy and lack of money. He also states that property is being sold for about half its value. Upham asks where a deed is so that he may sell a "purl ash works" and that he has been offered 30 pounds for the sale of the Williams store in Deerfield. Williams retained ownership of the store until 1796.

 

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Letter to John Williams

author   James Upham (1755-1827)
date   Feb 21, 1786
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   7.5"
height   9.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
accession #   #L04.023


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Letter to Williams & Upham

Letter to John Williams

Letter to Colonel Israel Williams


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