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Document of receipt signed by Robert E. Lee to certify Steamboat Ariel to freight on 2 buoys for $320, for the improvement of the Mississippi River above the mouth of the Ohio, signed September 10, 1838.


The United States, Dr. to Steamboat Ariel For the Improvement of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER, above the Mouth of the OHIO. 1838. Dolls. Cents. Septbr 10 To freight on 2 Buoys- 320$ [verso] I Certify, That the freight & passage within charged have been received, were necessary for, and have been or will be applied, for the objects within stated, to the Improvement of the MISSISSIPPI, above the Mouth of the OHIO. [signed] R E Lee Capt Engis

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Mississippi River, Ohio River, Steamboat Ariel, Robert E. Lee, 1838, 10 September 1838, improvement, freight, buoy

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May 2014

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Legal | Social History | United States History

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800ppi 24-bit depth color; Scanned with an Epson 15000 Photo scanner with Epson Scan software; Archival master is a TIFF; TIFFs converted to PDF with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro.


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Receipt and fragment, signed by Robert E. Lee, circa 1838, with receipt indicating cost itemized applied to a public works project on the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

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