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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10219 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 January 1789 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 38.5 x 24.6 cm.

States "I believe their is no doubt who will be president and Vice - people talk pretty loud and open that Mr. J. A. [John Adams] must & will be the man for V - don't let this come from me - but you may be assured the other person [John Hancock] will stand no chance - if it was merely his want of health it would be sufficient - he has not been out of his chamber more than once since you left here, and is now confined to his Bed with the Gout - the breach between him and the Lt. Gov. [Benjamin Lincoln] grows wider & wider, how or when it will end is impossible to determine." Indicates that the Federalists overall did well in elections for federal government offices. Discusses political maneuverings by supporters of Elbridge Gerry. Watermarked "L Paine" and with a hunting horn inside a crest with "G R" underneath.

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