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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Tupper

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01552 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 August 1782 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.2 x 19.5 cm.

Writes, "His Excellency the Commander in chief has informed me (the Quarter Master having represented to him the scarcity of tents) that your regiment must go into barracks on the point. You will therefore select the twenty best in repair, and put your regiment into them, and place your officers in the most contiguous buildings." Informs Tupper about that laborers encamped at the point might have "stripped the barracks of boards and other appendages," and has asked Colonel [John] Crane to work with Tupper on stopping them (see GLC02437.01550 for more information). Also mentions that he will arrive at West Point that afternoon or the next morning.

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