George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 1 February 1787

From Henry Knox

New York 1 February 1787

My dear Sir

Notwithstanding my expectations of receiving particular accounts of the operations against the insurgents in Massachusetts yet I am disapointed by those people who are in some degree obliged by their official connection with me to communicate with me. The two enclosed letters will convey to you the most distinct ideas of the situation of affairs up to the 28th ultimo.1 I shall continue to keep you informed of the progress of this affair. I am dear Sir Your affectionate Humble Servant

H. Knox


1Copies of two letters from Hartford, both dated 28 Jan. with the writer not identified, give reports of Gen. William Shepard’s rout of Daniel Shays’ forces on 25 Jan. and of Gen. Benjamin Lincoln’s arrival at Springfield on 27 January. The first of these letters, which were probably written by Jeremiah Wadsworth, quotes a letter from Shepard describing the engagement of 25 January. See Benjamin Lincoln to GW, 4 Dec. 1786–4 Mar. 1787.

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