George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 22 June 1793

From Henry Knox

War department June 22d 1793


I submit the enclosed letter just received from Governor Mifflin together with my Opinion thereon that the solemnity of the occasion would render it proper to grant his request.1 I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Pennsylvania governor Thomas Mifflin’s first letter to Knox of this date asked Knox to provide Philadelphia’s artillery company with “a sufficient quantity of gun-powder” to commemorate the Fourth of July, as there was none in the state’s magazine and many citizens were eager to celebrate that date (PHarH: Executive Correspondence, 1790–99). Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., returned Mifflin’s letter later this date to Knox and informed him that “the President thinks it proper that the request of the Govr. should be complied with” (DLC:GW).

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