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Debtors Prison

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Document Information
Date May 3, 1800
Author Name Samuel Lewis (primary) Location: Debtors Apartment
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Former clerk of the War Department, Samuel Lewis, writes from debtor prison to James McHenry. Lewis sadly reflects on his current state, asserts that he will likely die in prison, and mourns the fact that he will leave his "tender wife" and "helpless children" behind. Expresses his hope that Congress might release him from confinement if he repays in installments. Requests from McHenry payment for his earnings.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Samuel Lewis; wife; children; family; Congress; ;
Related Places Debtors Apartment;
Keywords prison; reimbursement; petition; payments; earnings; ;
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