From Henry Knox
December 15th 17921
I submit certain papers relative to a Capt. Scott. I have conversed with Colonel Wadsworth concerning him; the result of which is that Scotts discretion for the object proposed cannot be depended upon—As he however has mentioned that he had an audience of you I have thought it my duty to submit the papers.2 I also submit Genl Waynes letter.3 I am with perfect respect Your humble servant
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW; copy, NNGL: Knox Papers. Knox’s retained copy is marked “Private.”
1. Neither the dateline nor the address to “The President of the United States” on the cover of the receiver’s copy is in Knox’s writing.
2. See Ezekiel Scott to GW, 14 Dec. 1792, and notes. Jeremiah Wadsworth of Connecticut, who had been a commissary general during the Revolutionary War, served in the Continental Congress in 1788 and then in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795.
3. Knox received on this date Anthony Wayne’s letter to him of 6 Dec. from Legionville, Pa., Wayne’s newly established headquarters on the Ohio River twenty-two miles below Pittsburgh (see Knox to Wayne, 15 Dec., in Knopf, Wayne, description begins Richard C. Knopf, ed. Anthony Wayne, a Name in Arms: Soldier, Diplomat, Defender of Expansion Westward of a Nation; The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh, 1960. description ends 151–52). Wayne wrote: “The Patroles from Pittsburgh & big beaver to fort Franklin &c have been established more than three months since; as also from big beaver to Yellow and two Creeks on the N.W. side of the Ohio, covering all the frontiers of Ohio County in Virginia.
“But a patrole from this post or big beaver to Marietta, is rather out of the question. . . . I have put the spies or Guides of Ohio & Washington Counties under the Command of Capt. [Samuel] Brady, who frequently traverses the Country, from Yellow Creek towards the head waters of Muskingum & the settlement of Marietta: in addition to this, all the men belonging to Captain [John] Crawfords company of rifle men remain at Wheeling, about one hundred miles below this place on the south side of the river under & subject to the orders of Major [William] McMahon, who has heretofore been charged with the protection of the district you mention on the frontiers of Virginia; and who has been out for some time with a detachment of sixty men on the waters of Muskingum.
“In fact, every thing has already been done for the protection of the frontiers that can be reasonably expected or, devised with the force we have. and permit me once more to observe, that if an army of fifty thousand men, regular troops were strung along the N. W. side of Ohio; they would not be sufficient to quiet the minds of those people—unless you employ their Militia. . . . Capt. [Abner] Prior, with the Wabash & Illinois Chiefs arrived at this place on the 4th. instant. . . . Every necessary order has been issued for their accomodation & protection to your City.” Wayne concluded his letter by reporting that the barracks for the men at Legionville and the “chain of redoubts & lines of defence are nearly completed” and that he had not received any “account as yet from the Cornplanter” (Knopf, Wayne, description begins Richard C. Knopf, ed. Anthony Wayne, a Name in Arms: Soldier, Diplomat, Defender of Expansion Westward of a Nation; The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh, 1960. description ends 145–48).