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McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01341 Author/Creator: McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 January 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 21 x 17 cm.

Acknowledges receipt of Knox's letters and apologizes for not responding more quickly. Writes, "But as I am now in arrest you and all the Army will hear from me through the channel of Mr Loudons partner. I shall not enter into a detail of the merits or demerits of the arrest, because probably you may be of the court martial, nor shall I enter on other subjects, as this is not the best conveyance I could wish." Adds that Mrs. McDougall is with him and that they send their regards to Mrs. Knox.

[draft]
West Point 27th
Dr Sir Jany 1782
I received your favor of the 12th November last - your silence was very excusable; for I know your whole time must have been engrossed with objects of more importance than corresponding with your Friends - An infinite variety of business prevented my acknowledging the receipt of your favor till now - But as I am now in arrest you and all the Army will hear from [inserted: me] throh the channel of Mr. Loudons packet. - I shall not enter into a detail of the merits or demerits of the arrest; because probably [2] because probably you may be of the Court Martial, nor shall I enter on other subjects, as this is not the best conveyance - I could - [inserted: wish] Mrs McDougall is here, and well, she desires her compliments to Mrs Knox; and I beg you to present mine to her. Beleive me to be with great truth.
Your affectionate Hble
Servant
Alex M Dougall

General Knox.

[address]
General Knox
Of the Corps of Artillery
[docket]
From General Mc Dougall
27 January 1782

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