George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 23 January 1793

From Henry Knox

War department 23 Jany 1793


I have the honor to submit to you the draft of a proposed letter to Governor Blount, together with the letter of the 26t[h] of November to which it refers.1 The secretary of the treasury is extremely urgent that the expence of the probable great numbers of militia which Governor Blount has in service should be reduced to the standard mentioned. I have the honor to be sir with perfect respect Your Obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Knox’s letter to William Blount of 23 Jan. has not been identified. According to GW’s executive journal for this date, Knox expressed in this letter his hope that Blount “has complied with the directions contained in the letter of the 26th. of Novr. respecting the reduction of the Troops, if he has not the season will certainly render such a reduction expedient. Cannot guard against every possible point of danger. If circumstances shd. render it absolutely necessary to deviate from the directions given on the 26th. Novr., that the force called into service shd. be discharged the moment circumstances would permit. Capt. [Joseph] Kerr’s Company to be mustered every two months. No person yet appointed Quarter Master. Search making for a proper Character” (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 33–34). GW had submitted Knox’s letter to Blount of 26 Nov. 1792 to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on 7 Dec. 1792 (see note 2 of this 7 Dec. letter for a partial transcription of the 26 Nov. letter; the entire letter is printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, description begins Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. Washington, D.C., 1934–69. description ends 4:220–26).

Later this same day Tobias Lear returned to Knox “By the President’s command . . . the draft of a letter to Governor Blount of this date, which has been submitted to him, & to inform the Secretary that the President approves of the same. T. Lear likewise returns to the Se[c]retary of War the Book—‘Indian Department Vol. 3’ which was sent to the President” (DLC:GW).

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