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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03588 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 June 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 29.7 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs Knox that "[t]he people are all at Meeting, and from a dead silence, the streets are all in an uproar, with the cry of fire - fire - fire - the Bells are ringing, & the streets thronged with men." Mentions that the town is in uproar but now the fire has been put out. Briefly touches on Massachusetts politics, mentioning appointments of [Thomas] Dawes and Benjamin Hichborn. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Boston June 24 1787
My dear Henry
I recd your private letter of the 18th dated it Philadelphia by the post last Eveng -
I have written you this day - ...the weather is very hot & I am exceeding lazy in consequence of it, you will therefore excuse my saying much to you at this time - The people are all at Meeting, and from a dead silence the streets are all in an uproar with the cry of fire - fire - the Bells are ringing & the streets thronged with men, women & children bursting from the different meeting houses. Indeed the whole Town appears in the greatest confusion - I have given one look out the window & sat down again with a determination not to move one inch - I feel cross and [2] unhappy & wish myself out of existence - pray does the warm weather have the same effect on you, if so, I pity you - The fire is out, it was only the Cabin of an oyster boat -
Our friend [Thos.] Dawes is chosen one of the Council & has taken his seat at the board - this makes a vacancy in the Boston seat, our friend Benja. [Hichborn] & [Thos.] Dawes [Junr.] - will be sent up as candidate -
Your friends are well send their love to you & Lucy -
From your affectionate
H Jackson
Genl Knox

[address leaf]
General Henry Knox
Secretary at War
New York

Genl Jackson 18 June
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People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralDisasterFirefightingGovernment and CivicsPolitics

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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