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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03626 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 July 1787 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 32.2 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses Knox's upcoming visit this fall and business with "young Isaac," (possibly referring to Isaac Winslow) as well as Knox's letter regarding Robert Morris's affairs. Also mentions Knox's other business dealings including a copper contract. Says Knox needs to make sure he gets his "cut of the Cake before it is eat up..." GLC02437.03622 was originally enclosed.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Boston July 29 1787
My dear Harry -
Your several favors by the two last posts I have received - the one enclosed for Genl. Putnam I forward'd to Rutland -
...Young Isaac recd. your favor by the post and has promised me he will answer you fully on the subjects which you have written him - he is exceedingly pleased (as I am myself) at the prospect of your coming this way early in the fall, I am sure it is necessary, if you ever expect your eastern concerns to be of the least advantage to you or your family - as to the W____'s they are only a clog in the business - you know my opinion fully on this head - Isaac wishes you to permit him to receive the Money of Mr. [Olic] or Smith for the Lime which he has delivered him on your Ac [2] as he is in great want of mash, the amount is about £30..0.Lry - I have objected to it - he says that Mr Smith owes your Brother, and your debt with Mr S. can be canceled in that way - write me if consent to it -
The Letter Recd. from you representing Mr. R. Morris' affairs I have shewn and read to most of the principal Gentleman in this Town. Some advised me to publish it, but as I had your directions on that lead, I declin'd it - in the first instance that affair gave great alarm - but it soon blew over & all is now great -
Mr. F. Bruce & Mr. [Gandy] left this on Monday morng last for N York they must have arriv'd on Thursday leaving by the stage - they are [3] perfectly acquainted with the subject they are gone on & I refer you to them for every particular - your assistance I am satisfied of - & shall be thankfull if some mode can be pointed out for the payment of the balance, rather than apply to the State for it -
I inclose you the price current of public securities which I had of Colo Ward -
Our friend I Swan has sold his Copper Contract to a Dutch Merchant for £3,500 - this is a pretty little [fee] for him, & will give him great relief - what is the reason you cannot help yourself & your friends to a cut of the Cake before it is eat up - if any has a [right] I think you have - it is damn'd hard that the Coals & Fishes should be divided, without your having a share of them -
Inform Mr. Bruce his family is well, I have nothing to write him [4] at this time. Every thing remains as when he left us - by Tuesday Post will write him respecting the Bank business - my best regards to him & [Gandy] -
Have you found my letter that you missed. I certainly put it in the post office and it must have gone safe, look it up & answer the question I asked you -
Your friends are all well & send their love to you & Lucy - my love to Lucy & the dear Children -
I am your ever affectionate
H Jackson

Genl. H Knox

Genl Jackson
July 1787
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People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FinanceRevolutionary War GeneralContractCoins and CurrencyIndustry

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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