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Times were uncertain in New England in the mid-18th century. Travelers with little or no identification were likely to be detained. This handwritten note, signed by William Pitkin and John Chester of Albany, New York, in 1751, makes clear the identity of the two boys and informs the reader that, although their father is Native, their mother is an English woman, Mercy Carter, formerly of Deerfield. The boys are en route to Norwalk, Connecticut, to visit relatives of their mother.


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Travel passport for Mercy Carter's sons

creator   John Chester
creator   William Pitkin
date   Jul 5, 1751
location   Albany, New York
height   5.25"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L01.003

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