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Tobias Lear to Henry Knox, 18 January 1793

Tobias Lear to Henry Knox

United States [Philadelphia] January 18[t]h 1793

By the President’s Command T. Lear has the honor to return to the Secretary of War the letter & enclosures from Majr Genl Wayne, which have been submitted to the President,1 and the letter from Mr Greenup, upon which the President observes that if the request therein containd can be complied with, it ought to be done as he thinks it would be attended with good affects.2

Tobias Lear
Secretary to the president of the United States

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1Receipt of Wayne’s letter of 10 Jan. 1793 to Henry Knox is recorded in GW’s executive journal on 18 January. For an extract of this letter and its “sundry Enclosures,” see JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 27–29; for Wayne’s letter in its entirety, see 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 167–69.

2Knox also sent a letter he had received from Christopher Greenup “requesting that two posts of 25 men each might be established in the Wilderness leading to Kentucky” (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 29). Christopher Greenup (1750–1818), a native of Virginia and a Revolutionary War veteran, moved to the Kentucky district of Virginia near the end of the war and took an active part there in the movement for Kentucky’s statehood. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from November 1792 to March 1797 and was governor of Kentucky 1804–8.

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