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. Gen. Palmer's financial difficulties, which would soon become acute, were probably
already evident by 1783.
may also be referring to the tragic death of Elizabeth Palmer's fiancé, and cousin,
Nathaniel Cranch, in 1780, and the broken health of Elizabeth's older sister, Mary,
who had suffered from a nervous disorder since 1765 (vol. 3:329, note 5
; Pattee, Old Braintree and Quincy
, p. 488, note).