Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07418 Author/Creator: Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 May 1800 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 25 x 20.2 cm.
Williams writes Knox about his son Henry Jackson Knox and hopes that his son intends to return to his ship. Williams comments on the changes in the administration "which I think forebodes a settlement of some sort or other with France." Williams says it is assumed that Adams will lose the next election. Talks about a meeting of Federalists who want to run Pinckney and Adams "equally", which Adams will see as abandonment. "He wishes rather to take the chance of being second to Jeff than to P." Relates a letter James McHenry sent to him saying that he wished Williams to have a post in the Secretary of State's department. Williams accepted and began the work, only to be told by President [John] Adams that he was appointing someone else.
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