George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 25 December 1791

From Henry Knox

[Philadelphia] 25th December 1791


I have the honor to return Governor Lees letter, and the one from Kentuckey to Mr Jefferson. But I have taken the liberty, to retain Mr Seagroves for further consideration.1

I hope to be able to have all the papers for The two reports copied so as to be presented to Congress on tuesday, but all of which shall be first submitted to your consideration.2 I am Sir with perfect respect & attachmt your humble Servant



1Knox enclosed Henry Lee’s letter to GW of either 4 or 16 Dec., both of which contained news of Arthur St. Clair’s defeat, and apparently George Muter’s letter to Thomas Jefferson of 17 Nov. (see GW to Jefferson, 25 Dec. [first letter], n.1). The letter from James Seagrove, which has not been found, probably was the one to which Knox referred in his instructions to Seagrove of 20 Feb. 1792: “In your letter to the President you mention an idea of Bowles’ introducing goods, through the St. Mary’s, into the Creek nation” (ASP, Indian Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:249–50).

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