Charles Sigourney to John Williams Regarding Ginseng Root

Date: 1784
About this artifact

This letter is an appeal for payment of a debt owed by Messrs. Williams and Upham of Deerfield. Charles Sigourney, of Boston appeals to the two gentlemen to pay their debt to him. He cautions them that they may be disappointed if they expect to make a large profit with the ginseng he has procured for them, since the market in Europe has been flooded with an oversupply. Sigourney has found that he is owed more than he thought and is asking everyone to make payment. He says that money is in short since the American Revolution which caused many men to go into debt.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA