George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Henry Knox, 28 July 1780

To Brigadier General Henry Knox

Hd qrs [Preakness, N.J.] July 28. 1780


I have received Colo. Lamb’s Letter addressed to You, by which he desires You “to ask me, if ever Colo. Bigelow solicited me, to order a Court of Enquiry into his conduct at the attack on Quebec, on the 31st Decr 1775.[”]1 In Answer to this question I can only say that I recollect something passed between Colo. Bigelow & Myself a long time ago. I believe soon after he returned from Canada on the subject of a report that was or had been in circulation respecting his conduct at the Attack on Quebec, which was rather injurious to his character as an officer; but what it was I can not now determine with precision. However I am rather inclined to believe that I mentioned the report to Colo. Bigelow and intimated that it might be necessary for him to clear it up, and that he said the affair was totally false & without foundation. Here I think it ended. I am sir &c.


Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; copy, NHi: John Lamb Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Col. John Lamb’s letter to Knox, dated 27 July, is in DLC:GW. For the failed assault on Quebec, see Philip Schuyler to GW, 13 Jan. 1776; see also Benedict Arnold to GW, 14 Jan. 1776.

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