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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Alexander McDougall

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02008 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 March 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.6 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Major General Knox to General McDougall, who was part of a committee sent to Congress by the army to lobby for half-pay pensions. Says he previously wrote "of the ferment which was raised in the minds of the officers by some anonymous pieces circulated through camp." Says that the meeting called for in the circular was held yesterday and that he will get a report on it from General Gates. Asks him to continue his mission in Philadelphia. Thinks the sentiments of the army "will do them honor."

Full Transcript: [draft]

[struck: Dear] Headquarters 16 March 1783

My dear friend. I write you by the post, of the ferment which was raised in the minds of the [struck: Army] [inserted: officers] by ...some anonymous pieces circulated through the Camp. The meeting was yesterday, and you will receive the result from General Gates who was president [inserted: and was [defered] to forward this to you] You will observe the note of thanks to the Committee & the request that that you would be so good as to continue your sollicitations [sic] at Congress untill our affairs are finished. I hope this request will be agreable to you at least for the present. I think the sentiments expressed [by] the Army will do them honor & meet with your approbation. If there is a particle of gratitude in the Country this conduct in the Army must call it forth
In [haste] I am my Dear Sir
Your affectionate

Genl McDougall

To Gen. McDougall.
16 March 1783
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

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

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