George Washington Papers

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 7 May 1792

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 7 May 1792. Asks Lear “to send me the Map of the tract to be reserved about fort Washington.”1


1On 12 April 1792 GW had approved “An Act for ascertaining the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Cleves Symmes,” which provided “That the President reserve to the United States such lands at and near Fort Washington as he may think necessary for the accommodation of a garrison at that fort” (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 1357). GW’s land grant to Symmes of 30 Sept. 1794, in consequence, reserved “to the United States out of the said Tract the quantity of fifteen acres of Land for the accommodation of Fort Washington and the Garrison thereof including the space of Ground occupied by the said Fort to be located in such part of the said Tract and by such person as the President of the United States shall direct” (copy, ViLxW). The map that Knox requested be sent to him has not been identified.

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