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McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02576 Author/Creator: McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 September 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 22.6 x 17.8 cm.

Informs Knox that "the people above, who trade to nyork, complain of being stopt at your post," and asks if some of the Connecticut troops are headed out tomorrow.

[draft]
Sunday 28th Sepr

Dear Sir,
I forgot to tell you when last here, that the People [above], who trade to NYork, complain of being stopt at your Post, however fair the wind may be, which often causes them much disappointment- a Fried [sic], asks whether the Formality of service [will] justify those delays? Some of our Boys say that the Connt Troops are to go to the [right] about Tomorrow- Is this true? If it is, please [2] to drop me a line- If it is not, I shall be much obliged to you to advise, [inserted: me] as soon as you can, when you shall have such orders, that I make the necessary arrangement for my waiters- My compliments to Mrs Knox-
Your affectionate
Alex McDougall

MGeneral HKnox

[address]
Hon Major General
HKnox-

[docket]
Genl McDougall 28 Septr 1783-

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