Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03407 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 January 1787 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.4 cm.
Happy to hear that Mr. and Mrs. [James] Swan arrived safely. Their friends in Boston were concerned about their trip due to the weather. Asks Knox to present his compliments to the Swans, and to tell them that their family in Boston is doing well. Reports that the government is making preparations to support the sitting of the Court at Worcester on 23 January. General [Benjamin] Lincoln will be commanding 4000 militia men, including six artillery companies, beginning on 20 January. If the insurgents do not appear, the plan is to use the militia to find the insurgents and bring them to civil justice "or pursue them root and branch out of the state." Includes the names of the men in Boston, including Governor [James] Bowdoin, who have contributed large sums of money to support this endeavor. Mentions the recruitment of soldiers. Discusses the possible appointment of a Mr. Lee as a cadet, and what steps would be necessary for that to occur. Mentions that Knox's brother William is acquainted with Mr. Lee. Also discusses the appointment of officers and artillerymen, as well as the acquisition of uniforms and supplies. Sends his love to Lucy Knox and their children.
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