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To George Washington from Henry Knox, 18 April 1793

From Henry Knox

War-department, April 18th 1793.

Sir.

I submit to your consideration, the draft of the instructions to the commissioners—After you shall have perused them, and directed any alterations, or additions, it may be proper to deliver them to the commissioners, who may probably suggest some inquiries, or explanations relatively thereto.1 I have the honor to be Sir, with the highest respect Your most obedt Servt

H. Knox

I have also the honor to submit a letter from Governor Lee,2 and another from Gov. Telfair just received.3

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The postscript on the LS is in Knox’s writing. In the letter-book copy it appears above Knox’s signature as the letter’s final paragraph.

1For the proposed instructions for the commissioners who were to attend an Indian treaty at Lower Sandusky in the Northwest Territory, see Knox to GW, 16 Feb., and notes 1–2. Knox’s draft has not been found, but the final text of 26 April is in 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 1:340–42.

2Although Virginia governor Henry Lee, in his letter to Knox of 12 April, reported that anxiety existed along the frontier of that state, he wrote that “The opinion which you was pleased to Signify from the President of the United States relative to this business induced the Executive to Suspend calling into Service a great part of the destined force” (Vi: Executive Letter Book, 1792–94; see also JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 109). Knox’s letter to Lee relaying GW’s opinion on the adequacy of Virginia’s defenses has not been identified. For Lee’s desire for a greater militia presence on Virginia’s frontier, see Knox to Tobias Lear, 25 April, n.2, and Lee to GW, 29 April, and note 7.

3The letter from Georgia governor Edward Telfair to Knox of 3 April reported Indian depredations on the Georgia frontier and advocated calling out the militia under the command of U.S. Army major Henry Gaither, who dismissed Telfair’s concerns in a letter to Knox of 7 April (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 1:368, 417; see also Knox to Lear, 10 May [first letter], and note 1). For Knox’s reply to Telfair, see his letter to Lear of 25 April, n.1.

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