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Humphreys, David (1752-1818) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04321 Author/Creator: Humphreys, David (1752-1818) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 August 1789 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.2 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes in full, "The President commands me to inform you, that he proposes to lay the Communications relative to the Indian affairs in the Southern District and the establishment of a national Militia before both Houses of Congress, as soon as they shall have convened to-day; for which purpose he desires that you will call upon him at a proportionally early hour. - In the mean time, if you have in readiness the additional clause respecting the Troops now in service he wishes you to forward it by the bearer, that he may have time to give it consideration previous to its insertion in his Message: or if it is not in readiness, he would be glad to have it, as soon as it shall be."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Humphreys, David, 1752-1818
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American Indian HistoryRevolutionary War GeneralPresidentGovernment and CivicsCongressMilitary HistoryMilitiaFrontiers and ExplorationWestward ExpansionPresidential Speeches and Proclamations

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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