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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04474
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0094] January-March 1790 
Title Henry Sherburne to Henry Knox reporting that Rhode Island will soon decide whether to join the federal government
Date 18 January 1790
Author Sherburne, Henry (1741-1825)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Informs Knox that the state legislature will be holding a convention "to determine on, the adopting, or rejecting, the General Government of the United States..." Writes that "[t]his decision gives us the Strongest reason to conclude that the measures and practices of that Set of men which have so long disturbed the Honor and Happiness of a respectable Body of Citizens are at an End, and we have every reason to hope by the Expiration of Two Months from this time, that Congress will have official Information that the State of Rhode Island is convinced of her Errors and will with heart and hand join the General Government." Also asks Knox for a position in the "Revenue Officers for this State," specifically "for the Office of Collector for the Port of Newport."
Subjects US Constitution  Revolutionary War General  Government and Civics  Ratification  Federalists  Congress  Office Seeker  Taxes or Taxation  Commerce  Finance  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Sherburne, Henry (1741-1825)  
Place written Newport, Rhode Island
Theme Creating a New Government; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Rhode Island was the 13th State to ratify the United States Constitution on 29 May 1790.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859