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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04068
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0087] January-February 1789 
Title Henry Knox to James Swan about censorship, Swan's financial difficulty, international trade and the Constitution
Date 3 January 1789
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Swan, James  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Thanks him for his last letters. Apologizes for not writing to him about private matters, but alludes to the fact that the custom in Europe (where Swan is) is for the post officers to open the mail, so he did not feel comfortable going into detail. Hopes very sincerely that Swan is able to extricate himself from financial difficulty and "avail yourself of the rising prosperity" of the United States. Mentions that he has been in Boston and Swan's wife and children are in perfect health. Discusses the new Constitution of the United States, explaining that the legislatures of New York and Virginia are calling for a new convention; North Carolina and Rhode Island are still debating, North Carolina calling a new state convention and Rhode Island "still holding out." Discusses international trade as well.
Subjects US Constitution  Politics  Revolutionary War General  Global History and Civics  Post Office  Debt  Finance  Economics  Children and Family  Government and Civics  Ratification  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Overseas Trade  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Swan, James (1754-1831)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Creating a New Government; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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