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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05390 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 April 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 24.7 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Declares that he was disappointed not to receive a letter from Knox regarding the canal project. Mentions that many businessmen are asking him when they will allow shares to be purchased in the canal business. Reports that their business associate Colonel [William] Duer's financial situation does not look promising, and that he has landed in debtor's prison (he spells jail as "goal," an antiquated form). Would like Knox to send him a deed. Encloses a recommendation from William Hunt (not present) for an unnamed young man to receive a military appointment.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Duer, William, 1747-1799
Hunt, William, fl. 1792
Flint, Royal, 1754-1797

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralInfrastructureCanalsCommerceMerchants and TradeFinanceDebtPrisonerLawContractLetter of Introduction or RecommendationMilitary HistoryWaldo PatentLand Transaction

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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