From Henry Knox
[Philadelphia] 4h April 1794
Capt. Williamson who is settled in the Genesee Country has given me the enclosed intelligence,1 and in a subsequent conversation which I have had with him he seems impressed with the Authenticity of the speech of Lord Dorchester, and also of his general ill dispositions towards this Country.2 I am sir respectfully Your humble Servant
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. Charles Williamson (1757–1808), a native of Scotland, came to the United States in 1791 as the land agent for a London investment group known as Pulteney Associates. Most of this company’s land lay in the present-day New York counties of Allegany, Livingston, and Monroe, all of which incorporated a portion of the Genesee River, and the counties of Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates. Williamson became a U.S. citizen in 1792, and by 1793 he was a resident of Ontario County, where he was active in local politics. He later represented Steuben County in the state assembly, 1796–1800. The enclosed intelligence has not been identified.