George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 18 March 1791

From Henry Knox

War Department 18th March 1791.


Having arranged all the Papers referred to in the proposed instructions to me, I have the honor to submit them under one cover. A Map of the south-western frontier is preparing, which will not be finished until tomorrow, and which would be proper to accompany the book.1

The instructions for Major General St Clair, are copying, in order to be submitted to your consideration; and it may be proper to add them to this collection.2 I have the honor to be With the highest Respect Your Obedient Servant

H. Knox

Secy of War


1For GW’s instructions to Knox, see Knox to GW, 14 Mar. 1791, and Enclosure II. The map to which Knox refers has not been found.

2Knox enclosed a draft of instructions for St. Clair with a note to Lear dated 19 Mar. 1791 (DLC:GW). The draft instructions have not been found. Lear returned them the same day, informing Knox “that the same meets the President’s approbation. The President has made a few notes on the margins of the Instructions as the Secretary will perceive” (DLC:GW). In GW’s letter-book copy of Knox’s letter of 18 Mar., there is a note which reads: “The papers referred to, with a map of the south Western frontier, are contained in a Book with a blue cover—marked on the inside No. 3” (DLC:GW).

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