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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03429 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 January 1787 Pagination: 2 p. ; 32.4 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks him for his last letter, and asks him to deliver an enclosed letter (not present) to Mrs. Swan and send the Swans his compliments. Discusses the fight against the insurgents: General [John] Brooks marched yesterday to support General [Benjamin] Lincoln against Mr. [Daniel] Shays and his supporters. Mentions that Rufus Putnam will be coming to help Lincoln as well. Will meet with the Governor that evening and if he is finished in time to send off a letter, he will provide Knox with any news. Provides him information on the status of the force fighting the insurgents. Adds some information about recruitment efforts.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Shays, Daniel, 1747-1825
Brooks, John, 1752-1825
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionGovernment and CivicsMilitiaRecruitment

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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