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Letter to Henry Knox, September 8, 1791

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.52.143
George Washington. Letter copy: Philadelphia, to Henry Knox, 1791 September 8. 1 p.

No. 11 Original of this letter in hands of Geo. A. Thatcher of Bauf on,
Copied from the Original & compared

Feb’y 3d 1854 –
Washington Philadelphia
September 8th 1791

My dear Sir,

I have heard of the death of you promising Son with great concern; and sincerely condole with you and Mrs. Knox on the melancholy occasion –

Parental feelings are too much alive in the moment these misfortunes happen, to admit of consolations of religion or philosophy; but I am persuaded reason will call one or both of them to your aid as soon as the keenness of your anguish is abated. –

He that gave you know, has a right to take away – His ways are wise – they are inscrutable – and irresistable –

I am ever your Sincere and Affectionate friend

(signed-) G. Washington
Maj. Genl Knox


Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v.31 p. 360.