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Letter to Henry Knox, October 8, 1783

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.045
George Washington. Letter signed: Rocky Hill, to Major General Henry Knox, 1783 October 8. 2 p. + doc.

[inserted - different hand: Washington] Rocky hill 8th October 1783 –

Dear Sir

Captain. Shaw has handed me your Letter of the 2nd. instant

I have been impatiently waiting the determination of Congress to ascertain what number of Troops are actually to be kept up in the Garrison of West-point during the Winter but I do not see any probability of their coming to a speedy decision – on the contrary – the Members with whom I have conversed seem unwilling to lessen the present force whilst the British remain in the Country and when they will quit it is a matter of uncertainty – I

I shall therefore by this conveyance send orders to Colonel Pickering to extend his provisions for the [2] Winter to the number of 2500 or three thousand men –

Captain Shaw is gone to Philadelphia – by his return I shall reply to your other Letters. –

With great regard
I am
Dear Sir
Your most Obedt.
humble Servant-
Go: Washington

Maj Genl. Knox [*]

from his Ex: Genl Washington
8th October 1783.

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 27: 182. *Written on the bottom left of the first page.