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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Tench Tilghman [possibly incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00925 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 24 March 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 14.2 x 22.2 cm.

Docketed to "Colonel" Tilghman, possibly Tench Tilghman, one of George Washington's aides. Reports that seventeen armorers employed at Fishkill, New York, have not been paid for nearly two years. If they do not receive clothing, Knox fears they will leave their posts, which will in consequence "greatly injure us especially in the repair of arms." Notes that the men work under John Ruddock, Deputy Quartermaster of stores at Fishkill. Thinks the men's request for clothing is reasonable. Knox's working draft.

[draft]
NWindsor 24 March 81

Dear Sir
[struck: There are 12 Armorers]
There are 17 [inserted: hird] men employ'd under Mr Ruddock at Fish [inserted: Kill] as armorers and bullet casters and founders who hav recd no pay for near two years [struck: and] [inserted: by which reason they are] [struck: almost] entirely naked- Their situation is so deplorable that unless they are [strikeout] supplied with clothing they will leave their work which greatly injure us [especialy] in the repair of Arms. They are [angry] [2] that the value of their clothing shall be deduced from their wages-[struck: and this is nothing] their request is reasonable and more [struck: especially] [inserted: particularly] so as the Q. Mr. [strikeout] has people employ'd at Fish Kill upon the same [levy] as Mr Ruddock [will] more fully inform you
Mr Ruddock may have an order earnestly [requests] those [may here by be furnished] [inserted: with cloth] [struck: if it possible] with an order for clothing those men if [my] ways consistent with the general deputations

[docket]
To Colo Tilghman
24 March 1781-

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