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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01972 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 3 March 1783 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23 x 18.7 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01972 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 3 March 1783 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Later copy. Written by Major General Knox to Secretary of War Lincoln. Congratulates Lincoln on the "glorious termination of our struggles." References Lincoln's letter of 22 February. Agrees with Lincoln on "the efficacy of the funds you mention, but I cannot determine upon the propriety of the Army pressing the particular funds upon Congress." Expects to see him in a few days as Washington will probably want to see Lincoln before the Army is disbanded. Says the magazines and arsenals cannot be erected without a special order from him.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Head Quarter 3 March 1783
My dear Sir
I sincerely congratulate you upon the glorious terminations of our struggles. This event will place America upon such stable grounds as will [inserted: ...enable] her with a proper conduct to be the administration of the World.
I have received your favor of the 22nd instance. I am fully of your opinion with respect to the efficacy of the funds you mention, but I cannot determine upon the [propriety] of the Army [so] pressing the particular funds upon Congress. to go into the reasoning upon this subject would exceed the few moments allotted to me to write this note of recognition - I hope for the pleasure of seeing you here in a few days as I imagine the General will request previous to disbanding the Army. As the matter now stands the magazines and Arsenals cannot be erected without your special order for the purpose. In this respect I suppose your ultimate arrangements on the establishment [2] you proposed will be comprehended.
I am my dear Sir
Your affectionate
HKnox

Genl Lincoln

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryFinancePensionsSoldier's PayContinental CongressCongressContinental ArmyGovernment and CivicsPresidentArtilleryAmmunitionBuilding ConstructionTreatyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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