George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 16 April 1783

West point 16 April 1783

My dear General

I think it necessary to inform your Excellency that there is a general uneasiness among the New-Commissioned officers of the Connecticut Line grounded principally upon the inequality of the rewards to the officers and Soldiers. They say the rewards ought to be in a strict proportion, and if the officers receive five years pay as a reward for services the same rule ought to extend to them, instead of which they have only the promise of one years pay. The matter will issue I beleive in a petition to your Excellency upon the subject.

Whether the idea has originated with themselves, or whether it is the suggestion of some designing person I cannot learn. Certain it is the claim is new and not connected with any promise of Congress. It is not improbable but other claims may spring up; therefore I think the sooner we can begin to discharge the War [   ] the better. Reasons may be given that many men must want to attend to their farms in the present season, and that every attention ought to be paid to men deserving so much of their Country, [twenty or thirty] from each regiment should be discharged upon such a day, provided they left orders to receive the certificates of the pay due, and [then] such pay as may be furnished previous to the dissolution of the Army—Or three days afterwards an equal number and so on. I am my Dear General with the utmost respect your Humble servt

H. Knox

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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