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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to George Washington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10139 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 September 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.3 x 22.8 cm.

Knox, Commander at West Point, encloses a weekly return of troops (see GLC02437.10140). Reports that he appointed a board to inspect the "decrepit and infirm," to determine those who were unfit for service. Sixty-one soldiers were deemed unfit for service, and Knox asks for Washington's approval to discharge these men with a pension. Comments on cannons and military stores. Knox's retained draft.

West Point 17 Septr 1783
Sir
I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency the last weekly returns of the troops.
Since my last, I appointed a board to inspect the decrepid and infirm who were [inserted: in] capable of [strikeout] duty, which have [reported] sixty [one] to be discharged as unfit for service, one of them with a pension. I shall accordingly discharge them which I hope will have your Excellys approbation.
[Struck: I have the]
We are busy in [withdrawing] the Cannon of the outposts, and making every arrangement so as to place the stores in the best order our means will admit.

I have the honor
to be with great respect
Your Excelly
Obedient
Servant
HKnox

His Excelly Genl Washington

[docket]
To his Excellency General
Washington 17 Sept 1783

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