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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04452 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 December 1789 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 24.3 x 18.3 cm.

Discusses issues with the eastern lands and the need for Knox to act quickly. Mentions that the price of state paper has gone up since Jackson last wrote to Knox and that "Continental Certificates" are going backwards. Says he will not purchase any notes until he hears back from Knox. Also mentions fishing, saying "let me know what you are after - possibly some fish may come to my hook - I should like to be baited & ready for them - you know I like Salmon -" Wishes Knox and his family a merry Christmas.

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