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May 26th, 1806

Editor's Note: This letter-not mentioned in the book, "Red and White on the New York Frontier-is hard to place with regard to its overall meaning. It is, on the surface, a letter from a business called "Brisban & Brannon", addressed to Erastus Granger. It also appears to be a combinaton of a "thank you" for services rendered regarding a "subscription" of some sorts, and a formal nudge to Mr. Granger to inform Mr. Ellicot of Batavia (a still-small, town found on today's Thruway, located just East of Buffalo) that E.G. would also be interested in attaining this document, which may or may not be a newsletter/newspaper of some undefined sort. The " Mr. Ellicot" mentioned here is reknowned in New York State History for completing the first survey of most of the Indian lands for the Holland Land Company-and whose offices were located in Batavia). The Fort Erie mentioned here is found on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, across the water from Buffalo (Creek), was viewable from Fort Niagara and is now a Canadian National landmark. Note that we've left the spelling of Ellicott's name intact here.


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	1818 Letter
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New York, May 26, 1806
Erastus Granger Esqr.

Dear Sir
We herewith forward you [as?]
Subscription paper for [Dock.?] [Reese?]
Encyclopedia of
which we are proprietors for this State [?].
Please put it up in Buffaloe where you think it may
be best & if any Gentlemen in your neighborhood
or Fort Erie should Subscribe please inform us.
If you should desire a copy yourself, you
will have an opportunity of [learning?] the style
& manner of its execution by calling on Mr. Ellicot
when you are at Batavia, who is one of our
Subscribers
& has the first half volume with him.

Wishing you health & prosperity
we remain
with much eteem
your obedient Servant
Brisban & Brannon

P.S. Please present our compliments to Mr [Samuel?]
Pratt
& family

Location: Found in Folder 14-5


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