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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05049 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 July 1791 Pagination: 6 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 18.7 cm.

References Knox's letter of 26 June. After much difficulty and jealousy with the committee, the contract was signed, sealed, and delivered. Encloses a copy for Knox (see GLC02437.05043, a copy of this contract or a slightly earlier version of it). Says the original for the second party is in the hands of Royal Flint who is taking it to New York. Says there is a small change in the contract in their favor, "as they have permitted us to take 23 miles on the east, & 18 miles on the west side of Kennebec - this gives us eleven miles more in width than they first proposed." Reports that their lands include Ogden's six townships and goes on to describe some of the land they purchased. Says they wanted one million acres between the "Penobscot on the east, and Kennebeck on the west," but were denied this. Declares that the committee said the Indian claim on the Penobscot was out of their power to negotiate. Adds that they have to go to the state legislature for that. Reports they have eight years to make payments and that they have "easy terms of Settlement" on the land. They are not obliged to give the £18,000 in bonds until the land is surveyed. Says they have the right to buy out the property early if they forfeit the £18,000 bond, which would only add three cents per acre to the price. They will then be free of any terms of settlement. Is having maps copied for Knox and hopes to send them next week. Says that both he and Flint gave a $5,000 bond to get the contract signed. They will get back that money after the surveying is complete and the £18,000 bond is paid by Knox and his associates.

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