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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06061 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 March 1794 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.1 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Requests Knox to deliver the enclosed (a letter?) to the French Minister, Mr. Fauchet. Asks Knox to speak highly of him when he speaks with Mr. Fauchet or Mr. [LaForet], believes it will give him additional strength to his situation. Reports he and Knox received a discount from the bank on some notes for 60 days. Comments on the high praise the Preceptor gave Henry (most likely Knox's son, Henry Jackson Knox) and of Henry's part in the next exhibition. Describes the new satin and silk clothes he sent Henry as extravagant, but says Henry is a good boy and deserves happiness. Writes that everyone there supports the federal government and most men believe that war with the British is inevitable. Discusses the making of brandy and its potential value.

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Henry Jackson, 1780-1832

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralDiplomacyFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyBankingFinanceLand TransactionWaldo PatentLetter of Introduction or RecommendationEducationChildren and FamilyArt, Music, Theater, and FilmClothing and AccessoriesMerchants and TradeCommerceAlcoholTextileGovernment and CivicsMilitary History

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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