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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04342 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 August 1789 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 32.2 x 20.2 cm.

Reports that "Cousin Isaac" (likely Isaac Winslow) has departed for "Georges River" (possibly St. George River in Maine, near the Waldo patent lands). Writes, "General [Benjamin] Lincoln appointment as one of the Commissioners to Treat with the Southern Indians has given great Satisfaction to the people in this quarter, particularly to his friends who are exceedingly gratified in the confidence placed in him by the President." Continues to emphasize his interest in the position of Collector of the Port of Boston, but also discusses the position of Marshall and the duties and salary associated with it. Discusses the recent anonymous publication of a poem which is "universally despised by all parties & descriptions of men," and provides his suspicions on who the author may be. Mentions his positive response to the bill for the War Department.

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