George Washington Papers

Henry Knox to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 20 June 1793

Henry Knox to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

[Philadelphia] 20th June 1793

Dear Sir

Please to submit the enclosed letter to the President of the U.S. from Major Gaither—dated 23d May 93.1 I am Dear Sir Your humble Servt

H. Knox


1Another writer added the phrase containing the date of Henry Gaither’s letter to Knox. Gaither, writing from Fort Fidius in Georgia, reported that residents of the Georgia frontier were fleeing their homes in fear of an Indian attack and that Georgia governor Edward Telfair was planning to gather militia for an expedition against the Indians. Despite providing the frontier residents with arms, Gaither wrote, “I am in a very disagreeable position here, occasioned by a suspicion, among the people, that I have power to call the militia into service, and afford them protection” (ASP, Indian Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:421). GW’s executive journal contains information from Gaither, about an impending court-martial, that is not in the printed version of Gaither’s letter (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 184).

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