George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Knox, 4 April 1792

To Henry Knox

United States [Philadelphia] April 4th 1792.


You will lay before the House of Representatives such papers, from your department, as are requested by the enclosed Resolution.1

Df, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1Tobias Lear noted at the bottom of the draft: “(The papers aluded to are such as relate to the expedition under Genl St Clair—).” The enclosed resolution was undoubtedly that passed by the House of Representatives this day and presented to GW by Thomas FitzSimons and William Branch Giles: “Resolved, That the President. . . be requested to cause the proper officers to lay before this House such papers of a public nature, in the Executive Department, as may be necessary to the investigation of the causes of the failure of the late expedition under Major General St. Clair.” Knox laid the relevant papers in his possession before the House on 9 April, and it immediately referred them to the investigative committee (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 536, 549). For the appointment of the House committee of inquiry into the failure of the St. Clair expedition, see Knox to GW, 30 Mar., source note.

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