From Henry Knox1
War Department, July 24, 1794. “I have the honour to transmit you a Copy of a circular letter to the several Engineers employed for fortifying certain ports and harbours of the United States.2 And I beg leave to request that you will take such measures as you may deem proper for the purchase of such tracts of land, at the places respectively as shall be designated by the Engineers to the Agents.”
Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Secretary of War, Third Congress, National Archives.
1. This letter was enclosed in a report of the Secretary of War to the House of Representatives dated December 19, 1794. The report is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Military Affairs, I, 71–107.