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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09371 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 10 February 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 34.5 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Expresses the need for supplies for Mr. De Granger to carry out Military experiments. Docketed by Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Head Quarters New Windsor
February 10th. 1781
Sir
Mr. De Granger has represented to me that his delay in executing the experiments prescribed to him proceeded from the want of the ...materials requisite for making them, the composition and preparation of which, he wishes to undertake himself, as the justness of his experiments depends upon the goodness of his materials and the accuracy with which they are prepared, and as his reputation and Military existance in this country depend on the success of those experiments - He declares himself willing and desirous to execute [inserted: them] as soon as these materials are ready. As what he requires is not unreasonable, I am to desire you will immediately have him furnished with the ingredients he asks, and afford him the assistance necessary to prepare them as speedily as possible - After we have gone so far it will have an air of disingenuity not to give him a fair and decisive trial: if his pretensions are just we may employ him usefully and in a manner that will not interfere with the corps of Artillery: if they are not good, we can reject his application and put an end to all trouble. - [2]

I am with great regard
Sir
Your Most Obed. Servant
Go: Washington
Brigdr. Genl. Knox

[docket]
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His Exy. Gen. Washington.
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesScience and TechnologyWeaponryInvention

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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