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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Benjamin Lincoln

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02007 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 16 March 1783 Pagination: 2 p. ; 23 x 18.4 cm.

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Summary of Content: Later copy of GLC02437.02009. References his letter from "a few days past." Says that letter mentioned a meeting of officers called for by a paper circulating around camp. Says "The meeting was had yesterday, and the General will forward the proceedings to Congress - which will, I am certain make you perfectly happy." Says the meeting went well and that it "will set the military character of America in a high point of view." Says that if the people have any gratitude in them they will now support the army. Wants to have the proceedings published immediately to affect public opinion on the army and asks if Lincoln can have that done. Calls Washington's address "a masterly performance." References Lincoln's letter of 12 March. Hopes Colonel Dyer of Connecticut will change his vote and approve the half-pay pensions.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Newburgh ConspiracyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmySoldier's PayFinancePensionsContinental CongressCongressGovernment and CivicsRebellionMutinyPresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsPrintingJournalism

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