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Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Susanna Mason


A handwritten letter from Benjamin Banneker to Susanna Mason discussing his poor health and the poetry she had shared with him previously. Full transcription: August 26th 1797 Dear Female Friend, I have thought on you every day since I saw you last, and on my promise in respect of composing some verses for your amusement, but I am very much indisposed and have been ever since time, I have a constant pain in my head, a palpitation in my flesh, and I may say I am attended with a complication of disorders at this present writing. So that I cannot with any pleasure or delight gratify your curiosity in that particular at this present time, yet I say my will is good to oblige you if I had it in my powers because you gave me good advise and edifying language in that piece of poetry which you was pleased to present unto me, and I can but love you and thank you for the same, and if ever it should be in my power to be serviceable to you in any measure, your reasonable requests shall be armed with the obedience of your sincere well wishes - B. Banneker Mrs. Susanna Mason B the above is mean writing done by trembling hand. BB





7 x 9 inches


1 page

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