George Washington Papers

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 23 November 1792

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 23 Novr 1792

Dr Sir

Please to submit the enclosed letters from M. Genl Wayne to the President of the United States.1 When he shall have perused them, I pray they may be returned, with any remarks he may think proper, as I must answer them this day.2 Yours sincerely,

H. Knox


1“Your letters of the 14 and 16 instant,” Knox wrote Wayne on 24 Nov., “have been received and submitted to the president” (Knopf, Wayne, description begins Richard C. Knopf, ed. Anthony Wayne, a Name in Arms: Soldier, Diplomat, Defender of Expansion Westward of a Nation; The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh, 1960. description ends 139). Wayne’s letter of 14 Nov. has not been identified. His letter to Knox of 16 Nov. included a review of the provisions needed for the army in 1793 and of past difficulties in obtaining and distributing provisions, which had induced Wayne “to order the deposits of provision in advance.” Wayne also wrote: “we have a report that the Cornplanter has returned from the Council of the Hostile Indians at Au Glaize—& that he is expected at Fort Franklin about this time in consequence of which I immediately dispatched Mr. Rosecrantz to meet & invite him with the New Arrow & red Jacket to visit Philadelphia agreably to your desire in a former letter” (ibid., 133–135). For Knox’s instructions to invite the Seneca chiefs to Philadelphia, see his letter to Wayne of 12 Oct. (ibid., 114–16).

2Lear returned Wayne’s letters later on this date with Washington’s Observations on General Wayne’s Letters of 23 Nov. 1792. For Knox’s reply to Wayne, see his letter of 24 Nov. (ibid., 139–42).

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