Richard Fry papers 1734-1756
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The Fry collection consists of 9 items which span a 22 year period (1734-1756). An early letter by Waldo states he owes money to Fry, and describes the conditions of the lease. Fry writes Waldo from jail accusing him of unlawful proceedings (very colorful). Four are depositions, two are from fellow prisoners who watched Fry's dealings with Tyler and Hasey, the other is from a woman who harbored paper making materials of Fry's that were seized by Tyler. Another document gives Fry power of attorney for a Mary Godard (relative?). The last deposition is a statement by George Massey who was hired to take Fry's place at the mill. The last three are receipts of monies exchanged for goods.
This collection will give insight to the study of paper construction in the early 18th century. Specific ingredients used in the process are mentioned as stolen articles. Waldo's referral to the act to encourage paper making is also significant.