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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06033 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 January 1794 Pagination: 3 p. ; 24.3 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: References Knox's letter of 15 January. Makes references to various financial transactions. Forwarded the whole of Peters's survey to William Bingham last week. Says the weather is so cold the ink is freezing in his pen. Reports that the new theatre in Boston will open tomorrow. Says "it is one of the most Elegant & beautiful buildings on the Continent." Mentions that Samuel Breck will be particularly astonished. Says the bills to build the theatre have come to $35,000. To finish the assembly room will take an additional $5,000. Wants to know if Knox received the beef, butter, and potatoes sent to him.

Background Information: With the first Boston Theatre, later called the Federal Street Theatre, Boston can be said to have inaugurated its theater history. One of Charles Bulfinch's early creations, the playhouse opened ...on February 3, 1794 with Gustavus Vasa and Modern Antiques. It was soon considered the finest theater in the country. Four years later, the building burned down only to be quickly rebuilt. In its early days, the Federal Street Theatre was managed by Charles Stuart Powell, who retired after two seasons. The building continued to operate as a theater until 1835, when it was converted into a lecture hall called the Odeon. In 1846, it again reopened as a playhouse under its old name, the Boston Theatre. The structure was razed in 1852, eventually making way for the lavish second Boston Theatre on Washington Street in 1854. Julia Dean and Edwin Forrest were among the more prominent actors at the first Boston Theatre.

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People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralLand TransactionWaldo PatentSurveyingExtreme WeatherArt, Music, Theater, and FilmBuilding ConstructionArchitectureFinanceDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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