George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 25 December 1791

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] 25th Decr 1791

The P—— returns Mr Muters letter, and gives Mr J—— an opportunity of reading one from Judge Innes, on the same subject.1 The latter, commences his operations from the point, to which we have not yet been able to get; namely—established Posts in the Indian Country—the primary object of the Campaign, after the accomplishment of which, every thing else would be easy.

AL, DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers.

1The first enclosure was George Muter’s letter to Jefferson, 17 Nov. 1791, which Jefferson had received on 24 December. Muter urged the recruitment of “minute battallions” for the defense of Kentucky and suggested the appointment of James Wilkinson to command them (Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 22:302–4). GW had previously shown the letter to Henry Knox, who returned it to the president earlier this day (see Knox to GW, 25 December). The letter from Harry Innes has not been identified.

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