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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09356 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter Date: 1 May 1782 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Does not yet know the route Colonel Lamb's regiment will take, and has ordered the sappers and miners to West Point. "I am so totally in the dark at this Time, respecting the scene of our operations for the ensuing Campaign, that I cannot at present, give you any directions respecting the Time and Rout that Colo. Lamb's Regiment shall march." Washington's signature has been clipped. Written at Head Quarters.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

[draft]
Head Quarters 1.st May 1782 -

Sir.-
I have been favored with your letter of the 21.st Ul.t. I am so totally in the dark at this time, respecting the scene of our operations for the ensuing Campaign, that I cannot at present, give you any directions respecting the Time and Rout that Colo. Lamb's Regiment shall march - as soon as I am decided, I shall inform you in season. -
The Sappers and Miners have been ordered to West Point, because, their services may be usefull at that Post.
I am wish esteem
Dr. Sir.
Your most humbl. Servt
[signature purloined]
M Genl. Knox

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