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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04779 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 November 1790 Pagination: 4 p. ; 22.6 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Refers to his last letter (GLC02437.04777) he sent to Knox. Believes "by bleeding and a few Salts" the "destruction in my head is in some measure removed." Informs Knox that he is sending via the Fish Knox's "[wall] Paper" which is now "finished and a most beautiful thing." Mentions he is ready to deal with Sylvanus Bourne regarding their debt issue. The word is that Governor Bowdoin's estate is worth £60,000. Describes in detail how Bowdoin's estate is to be divided. Bowdoin left £400 "to the College."

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790
Bourne, Sylvanus, 1761-1817

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralHealth and MedicalHome FurnishingsFinanceDebtEducationEstate

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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