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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03767
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0083] January-March 1788 
Title Henry Jackson to Henry Knox about ratification of the constitution in Massachusetts
Date 20 January 1788
Author Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Discusses the debt of Mr. Swan, possibly Colonel James Swan. Gives details of the Massachusetts ratifying convention, noting that "the printers are allow'd seats in the house for the purpose of taking down and publishing the debates from day to day..." Declares, "It is astonishing to see the weight of respectability, integrity, [property], & ability on the side of the proposed constitution, and on the other side the ----- ------ characters that oppose it..." Includes a list of the number of Federalists and Anti-federalists at the convention by county. Notes that [Elbridge] Gerry is sitting in on debates to answer questions, but has been taking minutes, which Jackson and others consider "indelicate on his part." Relates that if Samuel Adams chooses to express his opposition, "he will say but little, as the meeting of the mechanicks of this Town & their proceedings must and will have an influence over him..." Relates that Samuel Adams's son recently died, as did Benjamin Lincoln, Jr.
Subjects US Constitution  Ratification  Revolutionary War General  Government and Civics  Politics  Federalists  Printing  Journalism  Petition  Children and Family  Death  Debt  Finance  
People Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Swan, James (1754-1831)  Adams, Samuel, Jr. (1751-1788)  Adams, Samuel (1722-1803)  Lincoln, Benjamin, Jr. (d. 1788)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Creating a New Government; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859