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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01517 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 6 August 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 22.7 x 18.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from the "War Office." In response to Knox's letter of 31 July (see GLC02437.01510), advises Knox to settle the matter of which shells and shots each metalworker in their employ, Mr. [John Jacob] Faesch and a Mr. Whiting, should cast. Writes, "All the cartridge boxes made have been sent on the last contract has not been paid, we cannot obtain another without money I do not know when Mr. Morris can supply it, I will not forget to urge him." Finally, agrees with Knox that they should use armourers for repairing and rebuilding arms, but he "cannot engage people to work without some prospect of their receiving a compensation, should it be attempted we would not long avail ourselves - the present disorder must be submitted to."

Full Transcript: War Office Aug. 6. 1782
Sir
I was this morning honord with the receipt of your favor of 31 ulto -
If Mr. Whiting cannot cast the shells - what can he cast ...should he cast all shotts we should have an over proportion of them - unless Mr. Faesch would cast shells instead of the shotts he was to cast I wish you would settle this matter among the two if you can all the [2] cartridge Boxes made have been sent on the last contract has not been paid, we cannot obtain another without money I do not know when Mr. Morris can supply it, I will not forget to urge him.
I too fully see the necessity of armourers - &. of the economy of repairing arms to be inattentive to the measure, but I cannot engage people to work without some prospect of their receiving a compensation, should it be attempted we would not long avail ourselves - the present disorder must be [3] submitted to -
I have the honor to be
Sir
your obt. sevt.
B Lincoln
Genl. Knox
[docket]
From
Gen. Lincoln, Secy at War.
6 August 1782.
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People: Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryArtilleryAmmunitionIndustryContractMilitary SuppliesArtisansFinanceDebtSoldier's PayWeaponry

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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