TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.52.146
George Washington. Letter copy: Philadelphia, to Henry Knox,
1794 December 30. 1 p.
No 2- Copied from the Original [inserted: & compared]
Feby. 1st 1854-
Decbr 30. 1794
The considerations which you have often suggested to me,
and are repeated in your letter of the 28th inst. –
as requiring your departure from your present office are are
such as to preclude the possibility of my urging your continuance
in it –
This being the case, I can only wish that it was otherwise
– I cannot suffer you however, to close you publick
service without uniting with the satisfaction which must arise
in your own mind from a conscious rectitude, my most perfect
persuasion, that you have deserved well of your country –
My personal knowledge of your exertions, while it authorizes
me to hold this language, justifies the sincere friendship
which I have ever borne for you, and which will accompany
you in evry situation of life.
Being with Affectionate Regard Always Yours (sd.) G Washington
Majr. Genl Knox. Secty War -
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 34, p76.