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Inquiry on the Date of Arrival of Gunsmithing Tools

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: 4th Auditor Misc. Rec'd, RG217 view image
CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: 4th Auditor Misc. Rec'd, RG217 view image
Document Information
Date September 23, 1798
Author Name Joseph Perkin (primary) Location: Harpers Ferry
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Perkins informs Hodgdon that he and Mr. Small arrived in Harper’s Ferry on Friday. Mr. Mackey met them and provided them with the letter from Hodgdon. Perkins replies that the gunsmithing tools from New London have not arrived yet, unfortunate because their shop is almost ready to begin business. Perkins suggests that he will come to Philadelphia soon to pick up other vital tools as well. Mentioned yellow fever.
Document Format Letterbook
Document Notes Cited in Hodgdon to Perkins, 10/13/1798.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Joseph Perkins; Small; Mackey; gunsmith; Charles Williams; Adam Bauer; Adam Bower; Adam Baurer; workmen; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Harper's Ferry; New London; Trent Town; Trenton; ;
Keywords guns; arms; gunsmithing tools; tools; lock; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

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Joseph Perkins
23 September
Recd 3 Octo
Answ 13 -
[undecipherable] Sept 28 -- [undecipherable]
Samuel Hodgdon
Harpers Ferry Sepr 23-98
Sir I here by inform you that Mr. Small and my self arrived here on Friday the 20 Inst and found here Mr Mackey who furnished me with your letter
The Tools from New London are not yet come to hand and I feel that we shall be in want of them before they come as our Shop will be Soon in order to commence Business and work men are dealy ofring their Services Charles Williams and Adam Bauer are here and other hands will be here from New London in a few days, and if we cant imploy them they will be obliged to seek it some were else which in these times when gunsmiths are so much wanted will be a great disapointment I Shall be very glad if you will let me know as Soon as you thinke that I can come to Philada with safty to get my Tools as they consist of artickles that cannot be Purchased and which must be had as Soon as we begin to make Lock. There are all so a good maney work men in and about the City who have applyed to me for to be imployed here and whom I have Promiced to imploy on my return. I hope you will not take my not calling on you on my return from Trent Town amiss as I was fearfull of geting the Fever.
I am Sir with much respect
Your very humble Servant
Joseph Perkins
P S since writing The above I have received a letter from Mr. Lear informming me that he hath acceeded to the Terms offerd him by the minister of war for the Purchase of his Stoor