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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03218 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 November 1785 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 22.9 x 18.4 cm.

Writes that in Knox's letter from 14 November, Knox had reported that his brother William Knox had not yet arrived from England, but believes Knox is mistaken since he heard that the ship had in fact arrived. Discusses the political prospects of Mr. [John] Hancock, who "attends the General Court every Tuesday" but has not yet confirmed whether or not he will take his seat in Congress. Some have suggested Hancock will be appointed to the "chair" of the government, and that taking a seat in Congress will damage his prospects. Discusses debates in court over the Refugee Act, which passed by a sizeable majority. Reports that Hancock was heavily involved in the debate, as was their "friend J. [likely John] Brooks," who makes a "capital" member of the court; most people speak very highly of him. Says he does the Cincinnati "great honor." Sends his love to Mrs. Lucy Knox and their "little folks."

J. Brooks likely refers to John Brooks, a Captain in the Army from Massachusetts during the war who went on to be appointed to the General Court in 1785, and subsequently would become Governor of Massachusetts.

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