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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01518 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 August 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 33.4 x 20.8 cm.

Discusses changes in the number and arrangement of field commissaries, quartermasters, and conductors. Comments on the usefulness of the Deputy Commissary of Military Stores at West Point, especially regarding distribution of artillery materials throughout New York State. Includes a list of the distribution of commissaries and conductors. A note in the hand of Samuel Shaw on page three states that a return of stores from the department of field commissary of military stores is enclosed.

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...I have mentioned the matter to the commander in chief and he appears to be of the same opinion, but it would be perhaps well for you to leave [struck: the strikeout opinion] [inserted: it] for himself [2] The deputy commissary at West point has been an office of great [illegible] there. many stores being issued [struck: to] [inserted: illegible] the [infantry] and artillery & many stores have been sent from [thence] to Albany and the northern posts- all those together with [inserted: the care of] the Armorers, and keeping the accounts exact and making a monthly return to the commander in chief The commissary at Philadelphia to [struck: the] and the officer immediately commandg the Artillery at West point have [inserted: found] and will still continue to find full employment for a deputy commissary and is of such a nature as to be incompatible with the [inserted: other essential] duties of the commandg officer of Artillery at the post...

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