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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03728 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 December 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30.8 x 19 cm.

Writes that if he had known that Mr. [Rufus] King was going to be in New York, he would have forwarded the maps. Informs Knox that General Putnam will write to him soon about some business. Discusses news of the constitution ratification process in Massachusetts. "The proposed Federal government has a better appearance every hour in this state, & at present it is much in favor of its being addopted with us, 4/5 of the members already chosen are highly Federal." Lists the candidates for delegates from Roxbury. Mentions that much of his time lately has been taken up with matters concerning "our friend lately with you," and states, "his going was inevitable or his young family must have been ruined." Presents [Colonel Benjamin] Hichborn's regards in a postscript. Stamped "Boston" and noted as private, with "post" written on the address leaf.

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