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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05095 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 July 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 18.7 cm.

Anticipates seeing Knox by the middle of August. Observed that Major Jackson was appointed Postmaster General (although this was wrong, Timothy Pickering was appointed on 12 August 1791). Says the news will "disappoint & mortify" their friend David Cobb. Asks him to keep him in mind for the "marshalcy." Refers to his claim to the job as his "hobby horse."

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