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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04773 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 November 1790 Pagination: 4 p. ; 22.5 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Acknowledges receipt of Knox's last letter. Tells Knox that he has spoken with the ailing Governor [James] Bowdoin "respecting the Fish, and we have concluded to put on board the first Vessell bound to Philadelphia." Bowdoin died at 4 o'clock that morning. "He had his reason to the last moment." Bowdoin's property left to "Mrs. Temple" will be "put into the hands of the Trustees, and the income only at her command during the life her husband but if she outlives him, it comes into their hands and at her own disposal." Notes he had a visit from Mr. [Sylvanus?] Bourne, but Jackson had no directions from Knox pertaining to their business. Reports "Judge [Chief Justice John] Jay is here... He is most respected & esteemed, and is taken every particular notice of - his speech to the Grand Jury was much admired." Says he was appointed foreman on a jury with Judge Jay. Tells of an attempt "to raise a Balloon thirty feet distance from the Common." The failed attempt "you will observe it was on the 5th of November" (Guy Fawkes Day). Asks about an appointment for a friend.

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jay, John, 1745-1829

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: AviationDiet and nutritionDeathGovernment and CivicsMental HealthHealth and MedicalEstateWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryEstateLawJudiciaryBallooningHolidays and CelebrationsOffice SeekerGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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