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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03833 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 April 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 19.4 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03833 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 April 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks Knox for the information regarding Maryland's possible adoption of the Constitution. Writes, "I flatter myself that nine States will ratify it by June next- so as to set the wheels agoing by next winter." Has been assured by John Langdon and others that New Hampshire will also ratify the Constitution. Relates that Langdon will be chosen "President," or Governor, of New Hampshire over John Sullivan. Discusses the Massachusetts elections, noting that John Hancock will retain his post as Governor. Reports that the Federalists are split between Benjamin Lincoln and Samuel Adams for Lieutenant Governor. Refers to "Cincin," possibly Benjamin Lincoln. Harbors distrust for Mr. Jarvis, a land speculator, and discourages Knox from entering into any business dealings with him. Notes that Mrs. [Hepzibah] Swan, wife of James Swan, is doing well. Marked "private" on the address leaf.

Background Information: John Sullivan was Governor of New Hampshire in 1786 and 1787; Langdon was Governor of the state in 1785 and 1788.

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Langdon, John, 1741-1819
Sullivan, John, 1740-1795
Swan, Hepzibah, 1757-1825

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionRatificationSociety of the CincinnatiRevolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsPoliticsFederalistsLand TransactionCorruption and ScandalFinanceWomen's History

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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