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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04150 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 March 1789 Pagination: 3 p. ; 30.7 x 18.9 cm.

Received his recent letter with newspapers enclosed. Wanted the newspapers so he could read about the formation of the federal government. Is unhappy that the government is taking so long to assemble. Writes, "Mr. J[ohn] Adams is ready & has been waiting for some time to have his Election announced to him - his Excellency the Govr. has invited him to take a cold cut at his house on the day of his departure - a large party of gentlemen are mounted to partake of that Feast." Describes the celebrations planned when Adams is announced Vice President. Writes that Governor [Hancock] is recovering from illness but is frequently attacked in the newspapers. Discusses his attempts to acquire some fish to send to Knox, though he is having difficulty finding any of good quality.

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