George Washington Papers

John Stagg, Jr., to Tobias Lear, 5 March 1793

John Stagg, Jr., to Tobias Lear

War-department, March 5. 1793.


The Secretary of War requests the favor that you will please to submit to the President of the United States, the enclosed draft of a letter, intended to be forwarded this day to major general Wayne.1 I am Sir, Most respectfully, Your obedt Servt

John Stagg Junr
Chf Clk


1Lear returned this draft to Henry Knox with no changes by GW (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 82). Knox, in his letter to Gen. Anthony Wayne of 5 Mar. 1793, explained that in order to prepare for the likely failure of the coming treaty with the Northwest Indians at Lower Sandusky, “it is the hope, expectation and request of the President of the United States that no relaxation be made in the disciplining of the Troops and most especially in making them perfect marksmen.” Knox informed Wayne that “You recommended a [ ] Brown [for a promotion], but not having transmitted his Christian Name, the President could not nominate him” (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 198–200). He also apprised Wayne of GW’s decision in the dispute over the rank of Capt. John Armstrong (Knox to GW, 18 Feb. [second letter], GW to Knox, 19 Feb. 1793).

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