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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Extracts of letters written by the Secretary of War, to the Governor of Virginia, upon the defensive protection of the frontiers of that State

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00813 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript document Date: 16 May 1792 - 3 November 1792 Pagination: 5 p. : docket ; 33 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Contemporary clerical copy signed by chief clerk of the War Department, John Stagg, Jr. The letters concern protection of the Virginia frontier against Indians, emphasizing President Washington's view "that all parts of the union ought to be defended at the general expense." Discusses William Blount's requests for militias, congressional authorization, and Washington's opinions on the matters. Tied with blue ribbon.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Blount, William, 1749-1800
Stagg, John, Jr., 1758-1803
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American Indian HistoryGovernment and CivicsPresidentMilitary HistoryFrontiers and ExplorationWestward ExpansionEconomicsFinanceMilitia

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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