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    Paul Revere Autograph Docket. Located on the back of a one page letter, Revere has docketed a letter from Nathaniel Silsbee thus: "Capt Nat Silsbee/29 July 1807." Addressed to "Mesrs. Paul Revere & Son," dated July 28, 1807, from Salem, Massachusetts, Silsbee writes: "I am in want of about thirty, or thirty two feet more of your copper-bolts, of 1/8 inch. If you will send them to me by the bearer hereof, I will settle with you therefor [sic] the first time I visit Boston, which will, probably, be in the course of the present week." Smoothed folds; bottom third of the letter is torn away, but the text is unaffected. Remnant of wax seal.

    A skilled silversmith and a vigorous patriot, Paul Revere decided in 1800, at the age of 65, to go into a new business. Encouraged by a liberal loan from the U.S. government, he converted a former gunpowder mill at Canton, Massachusetts into a copper rolling mill, the first successful venture of its kind in America. Among Revere's customers were the federal government for its navy vessels, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its state house dome, and engineer Robert Fulton for the boilers of his steamships.

    Silsbee (1773-1850) went to sea at a young age and was soon the captain and owner of his own merchant vessel. He held local offices around Boston and Salem before being elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1817. He served in both houses of the Massachusetts congress from 1821-1825 and was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1826 where he remained until he retired from public service 1835.

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