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Receipt for 2 barrels of coal for use by Blacksmith during the building of the harbor in St. Louis. This document is 'for the improvement of the Mississippi River above the Mouth of the Ohio,' signed by Robert E. Lee, 18 June 1838.


[recto] The United States Dr to Bemis, Kingsland & Lightner For the Improvement of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER, above the Mouth of the OHIO 1838 June 18th To 2 Barrells of Coal @ $2 for us e of Blacksmith Barrells & Drayage [verso] To Certify, That the articles within charged have been received, were necessary for, and have been or will be applied, for the objects within stated, to the improvement of MISSISSIPPI above the mouth of the OHIO [signed] R E Lee [rank illegible]

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receipt, Robert E. Lee, St. Louis, Mississippi River, Ohio River, coal, blacksmith, construction, 18 June 1838, 1838

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May 2014

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Receipt for 2 barrels of coal and their drayage, signed by Robert E. Lee, 1838.

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