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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04178 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 April 1789 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 30.6 x 18.9 cm.

Received his last letter, with its enclosure for Mr. [James] Swan. Writes that Mr. [possibly Sylvanus or, more likely, Congressman Shearjashub-only provides a first initial, "S"] Bourne arrived the previous Thursday with election results declaring John Adams to be Vice President. Mentions how Adams will travel to New York, including making a stop to visit Governor [John] Hancock. Writes that General [Benjamin] Lincoln likely will not be elected Governor, as Hancock has probably won reelection, with Mr. [Samuel] Adams elected Lieutenant Governor. Adds information about local elections. Advises Knox not to write back as he will be setting off to visit New York on 22 April and will likely see him by the end of the month.

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