George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 18 June 1793

From Henry Knox

[Philadelphia] 18 June 1793


I have just received the enclosed letter from the adjutant General of the State of New York in behalf of the Governor of the said state.1

I have the honor to be Sir with perfect respect Your Obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Revolutionary war veteran David Van Horne (1755–1801) replaced Nicholas Fish as the adjutant general of the New York state militia on 7 June 1793 (Hastings, Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment description begins Hugh Hastings, ed. Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783–1821. 4 vols. Albany, 1901–2. description ends , 1:237). Van Horne wrote Knox on 15 June in response to Knox’s letter to Gov. George Clinton of 12 June in which Knox instructed Clinton to continue to retain the sloop Polly, now outfitted as the privateer Republican, and to seize the British brigantine Catherine, which the French had captured and brought into New York City’s harbor. Both ships were to be turned over to the civil authorities for appropriate legal action (fragment, N-Ar: Papers of George Clinton; see also Cabinet Opinion, 12 June 1793). Van Horne wrote that the Republican had been delivered to Aquila Giles, the federal marshal for the District of New York, “who shall have every necessary aid for her detention until otherwise direct⟨ed⟩.” With respect to the Catherine, Clinton “has a confidence which he is persuaded is well founded that no resistance will be made against the execution of any civil process that may be issued against her nor any undue measures taken to evade an enquiry into the legality of her capture—but should the contrary prove to be the case, the Militia stand ready to enforce obedience to the laws of the Union” (N-Ar: Papers of George Clinton; see also JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 182).

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