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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04989
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0100] May-June 1791 
Title Henry Jackson to Henry Knox about meeting Boston legislature about land sales
Date 12 June 1791
Author Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Land transaction document
Content Description Writes that he arrived in Boston last Thursday and spoke directly to "some of my friends members of our Legislature." Learned that the committee had full power to negotiate the sale of the whole or part of the "unlocated" lands. States that he spoke to the chairman and asked him to call a committee because he had an offer to make on a tract of land in the District of Maine. The committee has complete power to sell the eastern lands. He then told the committee he wanted to purchase between one and two million acres. The committee's terms are 14 cents per acre payable in Massachusetts notes. They were unwilling to sell to one company more than 44 townships, which was close to one million acres. Says "the price of our State paper is from 12/ to 12/6." Does not think this is an ultimatum though. Recommends having Samuel Ogden hold onto his 20 townships until he learns what quantity of land he can buy. Fears that if Massachusetts only sells them 44 townships and Ogden relinquishes his, they will only be able to buy 20. Sent William Duer a copy of this letter.
Subjects Waldo Patent  Revolutionary War General  Land Transaction  Government and Civics  Law  Finance  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Knox, Henry Jackson (1780-1832)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Law; Government & Politics; Agriculture; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859