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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03260 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 April 1786 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18.2 cm.

Writes a friendly letter outlining various happenings in Boston. Relates that Mr. [John] Hancock is recovered and will travel to Congress [in New York] in the coming weeks. A Mr. Oliver Smith refuses to purchase lime from the Winslows because they will not sell it to him as cheaply as he can find it elsewhere. Has arranged to let Mr. Smith take the lime and have Knox work out the price when he arrives in Boston. Will dispose of Knox's hardware goods per his wishes. Captain Callahan will set sail to London on 16 April with Dr. [William] Gordon and his family. Reports that their friend Mr. [John] Brooks is "confin'd" and that he hopes "this week to prevail on his creditors to permit him to come out." Several local merchants have gone out of business including Jack Wheelwright, who owes money in England. Several of their friends are getting married. Advises Knox to appoint his brother William Knox to the War Office, because "he never can go into business with advantage & the sooner you fix him with you the better." Declares that he should never be far from William's side, under any circumstances. Comments that "The ladies of the club send their love to you & Lucy" and that he sends love to Lucy also.

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