Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09387 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Newburgh, New York Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 8 June 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.8 x 20.2 cm.
Washington answers a question from Knox. States that under a resolution of Congress of 23 April 1783, musicians are not entitled to take firearms home with them on furlough or disbandment. Notes that they should be allowed to take their drums & fife. Docketed by Samuel Shaw, Knox's aide.
Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Head Quarters June 8th
In answer to the question which has been proposed, whether the Music are entitled to fire Arms, under the Resolution of Congress of the 23d of April, I am to give it as my opinion they are not; but that they should be allowed to take their Drums & Fifes, which is the mode that has been adopted respecting the Music who have been furloughed from this Cantonment -
I am Dear Sir
With great regard
Your Most Obedt Servt
Major Genl. Knox
His Exly Gen Washington
8 June 1783.
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