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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry [Knox]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10216 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 December 1788 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 38.6 x 24.4 cm.

Discusses the first federal elections, noting that "last Thursday was the day appointed by the State for the Choice of Federal Representatives." Jackson details the likely winners of Congressional seats from the various Massachusetts districts, including Fisher Ames for the Boston area: "the friends of Mr. S_ A [Samuel Adams] in this town are exceedingly disappointed...the Feds are highly gratified in the Election of Mr. Ames." He concludes that "on the whole from every appearance the Representatives from this State will be Federal good Men." He also notes that, based on the people chosen as Electors, "I should doubt whether Mr H _ [John Hancock] will be Elected V:P_ [vice president]...." Governor Hancock, he adds, has been confined to his chambers [probably due to gout]. Watermarked "L Paine" and with hunting horn in a crest with "GR" underneath.

Jackson was the founder of "Jackson’s Additional Continental Regiment" which was officially designated the 16th Massachusetts Regiment. Although this unit was disbanded in 1781, Jackson remained in service until 1784 and commanded the last remaining regiment in the Continental Army. Ames was a Massachusetts Federalist Representative and served from 1789-1796. Partridge most likely refers to George Partridge, a Federalist Representative of Massachusetts who served from 1789-1790.

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