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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02000 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 March 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.4 x 20.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Major General Knox to Secretary of War Lincoln. Knox says he wrote Lincoln on 3 March. Says the officers were unhappy after hearing about the failure of General McDougall's mission. Says "That impatience is almost heightened into dispair; papers have been distributed by unknown persons, calling the body of the officers together in the new building yesterday, accompanied by an address, calculated to cause the officers to redress their own grievances." Reports that Washington wants the meeting postponed until next Saturday. Hopes Congress will make a decision soon. (GLC02437.02001 is a later copy of this letter).

Full Transcript: [draft]
West point 12 March 1783
My dear sir. I wrote you on the 3d instant, & mentioned that the officers were waiting [struck: the] impatiently the result of Genl McDougalls mission - ...That impatience is almost heightened into dispair. papers have been distributed by unknown persons, calling the body of the officers together in the new buildg yesterday, accompanied by an address, calculated to cause the officers to redress their own grievances. The Commander in Cheif requested that the meeting might be postponed untill next Saturday. What will be the result god only knows. Congress ought not to lose a moment in bringing the affairs of the Army to a decision. [push] the matter [inserted: instantly] my dear sir with all your might & main - I hoped to have heard from you the last post
I am affectionately
HKnox
General Lincoln -
[docket]
To Genl Lincoln 12 March
1783
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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Newburgh ConspiracyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmySoldier's PayFinancePensionsPetitionContinental CongressCongressBuilding ConstructionMutinyRebellionWest Point (US Military Academy)

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