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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.06078 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 April 1794 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 32.4 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports Mr. Robinson, Mr. [Ebenezer] Dunton, Mr. [Henry] Simpson, and several laborers have set sail for St. George's [House]. Informs Knox he sent Mr. [Thomas] Vose a new ox cart and Mr. Vose expects the workmen to keep two teams in constant employ. Provides information on salaries paid for the construction of Knox's house. Also, mentions invoices totaling $400 for materials. Warns Knox his house will cost twice the amount of what he expects. Relays a story about the construction of a theater costing twice the estimated amount. Discusses the performance of Henry Jackson Knox, the son of Henry Knox. Notes they should purchase Henry Jackson Knox a flute.

People: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Henry Jackson, 1780-1832
Vose, Thomas, 1753-1810
Simpson, Henry, fl. 1794
Dunton, Ebenezer, fl. 1794-1796

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralAmerican StatesmenWaldo PatentBuilding ConstructionTransportationArtisansFinanceArt, Music, Theater, and FilmChildren and FamilyArchitecture

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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