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Thomas Cushing to Rep. Benjamin Goodhue of Massachusetts, April 17, 1790

Salem, April 17, 1790


Permit me to thank you for your several favors. I am particularly obliged by the enclosure of papers, & the communication of intelligence. I have been deterred from soliciting such communications, by the consideration that your correspondents must be numerous, & your time engrossed by the various objects of a legislative, social & family nature.

We have just heard, that it is determined in Congress not to take the State debts - people seem almost ripe for a national division of North and South. Perhaps it may be premature.

I am, Sir, with due respect,
Your very humble Servt

Mr. T. Cushing

Hon. Mr. Goodhue

(Letter courtesy of the New York Society Library)

digital transcription by David Orin Porter   
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