Villefranche, Jean-Louis-Ambroise de Genton, chevalier de (1747-1784) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01616 Author/Creator: Villefranche, Jean-Louis-Ambroise de Genton, chevalier de (1747-1784) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 September 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 34.4 x 22.2 cm.
Writes, "the quarter master general has told me a few days since, that he could not furnish me with any Masons; untill the 20th of the present instant ; it also seems to me that he is not able to supply with lime and other essential articles, to carry on the work with celerity: these reasons induces me to imagine it improper to begin the masonry this fall, for in a little while the front will hinder us from doing any business of this kind - I think it would be much more advantageous to turn all the means we have to the repairing and building accommodations for the troops in the Garrison, for its presents situation does not afford [covering?] for half the troops that probably will be quarterd here. I therefore desire you sir to let me know your intentions respecting the foregoing subject." This is the "representation" cited in GLC02437.10045.
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