George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 8 May 1792

From Henry Knox

War department May 8th 1792


I have the honor to submit the military nominations[.]1 The post is in and no letters from General Williams.2

I beg leave again to submit Joseph Howell as Accountant to the Department of War and Caleb Swan as Paymaster to reside with the Army.3 I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your most obedient servant.

H. Knox
secy of War


1For the list of nominations, see GW to the U.S. Senate, 8 May 1792 (second letter).

2Knox had written Otho Holland Williams on 3 May to discover whether or not he would accept a commission as brigadier general in the U.S. Army. Although still waiting for an answer, GW nominated Williams on 8 May (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 8 May [second letter]). Williams declined his commission for health reasons, however (see Williams to GW, 13 May).

3Caleb Swan (1758–1809) served as an ensign in the Continental army from 1779 to the end of the Revolutionary War and as paymaster of the U.S. Army from May 1792 until his resignation in June 1808.

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