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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01504 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 26 July 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.5 x 18.9 cm.

Written from the War Office. Has enclosed a resolve (possibly GLC02437.01501) regarding the Department of Commissary of Military Stores, and "shall be much obliged by your opinion what will be necessary in the department of field commissary of military stores, and what are the alterations you wish." Comments that he finds there is a Deputy Commissary of Military Stores retained at West Point, and is not sure why. Believes that there are very few stores there that do not belong to the Garrison, and contends that the Office of Artillery at the post should care for them. Requests Knox's sentiments on these subjects. The body of the letter is written in the hand of William Jackson, Lincoln's assistant.

War Office July 26. 1782
Dear Sir,
I do myself the pleasure to enclose you a late resolve relative to the department of Commissary of Military Stores - I shall be much obliged by your opinion what will be necessary in the department of field Commissary of Military Stores, and what are the alterations you wish.
I find a deputy Commissary of Military Stores is retained at West. Point - for what purpose I know not - There are very few [inserted: or no] Stores there which are not the proper stores of [2] the Garrison - the care of them is, in my opinion, with the senior Office of Artillery at the post.
I wish for your sentiments on these matters also -
I have the honor to
be my Dr Sir with
real esteem your
most obedient
Servant -
B Lincoln
Major General Knox.
MG Lincoln Secy at War
26 July 1782.

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