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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03822 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 March 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 30.3 x 18.4 cm.

Jackson writes, "The General Court are yet seting, & in many instance they discover their old insurgent temper and principles, & cannot help shewing their teeth on almost every occasion that respects government- but I hope in god their day is short- for the moment the Federal Constitution begins to operate, their influence must & will disappear like a vapour-" Notes that present state politics are focused on who will win the election for governor and lieutenant governor. Expresses confidence that John Hancock will be reelected as governor. Notes that Anti-Federalists will support [James] Warren and Elbridge Gerry in the election. Hopes that Benjamin Lincoln will be elected lieutenant governor, noting that Samuel Adams will be his primary challenger. Reports that Nathaniel Gorham is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. Marked private on address leaf.

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