George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 22 October 1789

From Henry Knox

War office 22 October 1789


Nothing of importance has occurred since the letter I did myself the honor of writing you on the 18th instant. I am anxiously expecting to hear from the southern Commissioners.

Major Wyllis and the other Officers have been detained by business Untill this day.1 They have taken young White Eyes under their protection.2 I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Maj. John Palsgrave Wyllys (d. 1791) was in command of army forces stationed at Fort Steuben at the Falls of the Ohio. Wyllys left his post at Fort Steuben on 24 May to visit New York. Upon his return to the Ohio country he was apparently ordered to Post Vincennes, but in February 1790 he resumed his old command at Fort Steuben (Joseph Asheton to John Francis Hamtramck, 31 May 1789, and Josiah Harmar to Hamtramck, 20 Feb. 1790, in Thornbrough, Outpost on the Wabash, description begins Gayle Thornbrough, ed. Outpost on the Wabash, 1787–1791: Letters of Brigadier General Josiah Harmar and Major John Francis Hamtramck and other letters and documents from the Harmar Papers in the William L. Clements Library. Indianapolis, 1957. In Indiana Historical Society Publications, vol.19. description ends 172–73, 219).

2For information on George Morgan White Eyes, see his letters to GW, 2 June, 8 July, 8 Aug. 1789, and Elizabeth Thompson to GW, 18 Aug. 1789. By the late 1790s White Eyes was living in what is now Columbiana County, Ohio. In the fall of 1789 he was probably to travel to the Ohio country under Wyllys’s protection.

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