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Joseph Hopkinson letter to Abraham Walton

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0702

Scope and Contents

Letter from Joseph Hopkinson to Abraham Walton, 1797 November 26. Transcription is as follows: "I extremely regret that you suffer so much uneasiness on account of the business in my hands, particularly as I am well assured it is not much worth the attention of those concerned on the not. From all the information I have been able to collect I have no doubt that Parkyns is not worth a groat - Under this impression I have thought it most prudent not to sue him in the County where he resides, as he would there have no refuge from the gaol; and if confined would certainly discharge himself by our insolvent laws- I have therefore for some time past kept an officer on the watch to endeavour to take him in the city, where I believe he has friends that might be tempted either to advance the money for him or become his Bail- These have been the reasons of my conduct and the cause of the delay- I wish you to judge of them. If you shall think it most adviseable to bring the suit at once in the County where he resides I will do so."


  • Creation: 1797 November 26


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Biographical / Historical

Joseph Hopkinson (1770-1842) is primarily known as the author of "Hail, Columbia," sometimes referred to as the United States' first national anthem.


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Letter from Joseph Hopkinson, author of "Hail, Columbia!" to Abraham Walton, 1797 November 26.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Probably purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop in Boston Massachusetts, but no additional provenance information exists for this item.

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Processed by Jordon Steele, July 2015.

MS.0702: Joseph Hopkinson letter to Abraham Walton, 26 November 1797
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