731. Henry Jackson to Henry Knox
Boston, 17 February 1788 (excerpts)1

By the post last Eveng. I recd. your favor of the 10 Inst.

by the next post, I am in hopes to inform you, that New Hamshire has adopted the Federal Constitution, as every account from quarter, gives incouragement to that effect—the Federalists in this State, increase daily and there is every reason to think that the people at large (except the Insurgent Interest) are fully satisfied with the Ratification, however some persons may say to the contrary. …

Harry, if the Federal Constitution should be adopted, by the Continent, I rely on your early thinking of me.—I see the situation in which you must be placed, which is one of my reasons for my earnest-wishes for its adoption—I asure you Hary—my late appointment to the Federal Regiment, has almost ruined me, and more unfit for business than when I returnd from Camp. …

1. RC, GLC 2437, The Henry Knox Papers. The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.