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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03007 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 May 1784 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.3 x 21 cm.

Jackson writes, "...I have sent the Barge to convey you here- indeed if you have nothing definitive respecting an establishment, on the Troops in service, it is absolutely necessary for you to be here, if only for a day- many matters want your determination as Commander in Chief." Knox had been in Annapolis, Maryland, apparently to discuss military matters before Congress.

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