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To George Washington from Henry Knox, 1 October 1793

From Henry Knox

Elizabeth Town N. Jersey Octr 1. 1793.


I shall go through New York tomorrow for Boston as my days of quarantine expire today. I hope to be in Philadelphia by the 25th instant.

The french fleet excepting the Ambuscade will sail tomorrow from New York upon some cruise unknown.

The surviellant saild on the 29th ultimo for France with dispatches from Mr Genet. and such is his desire that they should arrive safely, that he will in a day or two dispatch the Ceres, an armed brig with duplicates1—It is said the fleet is to Winter in New York. still the fever rages in Philadelphia, and still the neighbouring towns take all possible precautions for their own safety. I am Sir with perfect respect and attachment Your humble Servant

H. Knox


1Genet’s letter to the minister of foreign affairs, 19 Sept., discussed his steps to counter Galbaud’s attempt “de livrer nos forces et nos Colonies à l’ennemi,” and described his hope of defending French rights in the next Congress despite the efforts of Washington, “qui les sacrifie à nos Ennemis.” He explained that the people were for France and their opinion differed greatly from that of the government (Turner, Correspondence of the French Ministers description begins Frederick J. Turner, ed. Correspondence of the French Ministers to the United States, 1791–1797. Washington, D.C., 1904. In Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1903, vol. 2. description ends , 2:242–43).

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