George Washington Papers

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 1 December 1792

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 1 Decr 1792

Dear sir.

Be pleased to submit to the President of the United states, the enclosed from Genl Wayne.1 Yours sincerely

H. Knox


1In his letter to Anthony Wayne of 1 Dec., Knox acknowledged receiving on the previous day “your letter of the 23d November with the enclosures of a letter from Capt. Hughes and your correspondence with the Contractors” (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 143). Wayne wrote in his letter that the enclosed letter from Thomas Hughes, commander of Fort Franklin, reported “the terms upon which peace is to be granted to the United States,” and those terms “are such as to exclude us from the Waters of the Lakes, & in other respects, if literally agreed to, it must be at the expence of National Character, as well as Interest.” Wayne cautioned, however, that “we have nothing Official” (ibid., 137). The enclosed letter of 18 Nov. 1792 from Wayne to the contractors Robert Elliott and Eli Williams concerned the arrangements for supplying rations at the advanced military posts (ALS, sold by Joseph M. Maddalena, Profiles in History, catalog 7, item 9, 1989).

In his letter of 23 Nov., Wayne assured Knox that the rations would be deposited in accordance with Knox’s previous instructions, and he wrote that because the waters of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers had risen sufficiently, “I will embark the troops to first Clear day & descend the river to Legion Ville—(the name of our new encampment).” Wayne then reminded Knox that there was a “want of Clothing” for many of the men (ibid., 138).

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