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Letter to Henry Knox, January 22, 1792
George Washington. Letter signed: to Henry Knox, 1792 January 22. 1 p. + doc. & address leaf

Sunday Morning 22. Jan. 92

My dear Sir,

Upon reflection, I think it best that no mention should be made of the probability that the characters we run over yesterday will be nominated as General Officers (in case the Bill shall pass),- and, if you have disclosed the matter to Mr. M---- or any one else, that secresy may be enjoined as to the Men, not yr. numr.

In the embryo state of this business it might (especially as it respects the first in command) and more than probably wd., excite jealousy & discontent; and [struck: more than probable] possibly opposition from quarters that, at present, give it support. In truth, there are so many combinations necessary, and so many circumstances to be attended to, that it will be better, I conceive, to hear the opinion of others than to disclose our own, until the Bill shall pass & the hour for it is come.

Yours sincerely
Go: Washington
Genl Knox

The President of the
U.S. Jany. 22. 1792
[inserted diff. hand: Original No 5 -]

Gen Knox

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 31, p. 463. GLC 2437.52.171 is a duplicate of this document.