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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03430
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0079] January-March 1787 
Title Henry Knox to Stephen Higginson
Date 28 January 1787
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Higginson, Stephen  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document; Government document
Content Description Body of the letter and signature in the hand of Robert Pemberton, Knox's aide. Thanks him for his letters. Writes, "The Zeal of the people of Boston and the lower country in favor of Government is a good sign, and will probably produce the events expected from it." Declares, however, that even if the current insurgency dies down, "some measures will be necessary to prevent a repetition of" it. Believes that the "poor poor federal government is sick almost unto death." Mentions that a convention has been proposed by Virginia and several states with the intention to discuss reforms. Describes his philosophy on the structure of the government. Urges Higginson to encourage the state of Massachusetts to send delegates to the convention. Body of letter and signature penned for Knox by Robert Pemberton, his post-war aide.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Mobs and Riots  Rebellion  Shays' Rebellion  Government and Civics  Articles of Confederation  US Constitution  US Constitutional Convention  Military History  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Higginson, Stephen (1743-1828)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Government & Politics; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859