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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04644 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 July 1790 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 24.3 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes, "The time taken up by Congress in fixing the permanent seat of Government, and the situation of the Funding business has caused a great uneasiness & clamour amongst the people, and of that Class that have been the firmest supporters of the government ... every mechanick & Tradesman conceives that their being out of employ is wholly owing to that circumstance - and the distress of that class of people in the several seaports in this State is very alarming - in this town it is melancholy to see the poverty and wretchedness of the inhabitants..." Reports that Captain Vose, managing affairs on Knox's lands in present-day Maine, informed him that the people who live there are behind in their payments. They will not make any payments until the Massachusetts General Court decides on a petition related to the land. Relates, "a Spanish War remains as it did..."

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: CongressGovernment and CivicsWashington, D.C.FinanceDebtEconomicsFederalistsPovertyLandlord and TenantWaldo PatentJudiciaryLawFinanceMortgageMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPetitionAssumption of State Debt

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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