George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 7 May 1794

From Henry Knox

War Department, May 7. 1794.


I have the honor to submit to you, the substance of the intelligence I have been able to obtain, relatively to the designs of certain people in Kentucky, and also in Georgia.1 I am, Most respectfully, Sir. Your obedient Servt

H. Knox


1The enclosed intelligence has not been identified with certainty, but it apparently concerned proposed expeditions into Spanish territory. The Kentucky information probably was that enclosed with GW’s message to Congress of 20 May: a letter from Lexington of 31 March announcing that an agent for Gen. George Rogers Clark was buying supplies, and a report from a man who left Lexington around 9 April that Clark’s expedition "to open the free navigation of the Mississippi, which had been suspended, apparently for want of money, had again revived," thanks to funds provided by a French officer (ASP, Foreign Relations description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends , 1:458-59). On the subject of the Georgia intelligence, see Knox to GW, 8 May, and n.1.

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