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  Letter to Henry Knox, August 17, 1782
TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.007
George Washington. Letter: Head Quarters, to Major General Henry Konx, 1782 August 17. 2 p. + doc.

Head Quarters 17th August 1782

[inserted- different hand: Washington]

Dear Sir

Annexed you have extracts from a letter of the 12th:, from the Secretary at War, relating to the proposed arrangement of the office of Field Commissary of Military Stores. It being a matter intimately connected with your department, I would be glad of your opinion, and that as early as possible, that I may frame my answer without loss of time.

That we may make a regulation; as nearly as may be, consonant to the wishes and opinions of the [struck: General Officers], [inserted: Brigadiers and officers commanding Brigades] keeping in view what seems now the grand object – Œconomy- it might be well for you to consult them after you have digested your own thoughts upon the matter-

I am Dear Sir
Yr most obedt. Servt.
*loss*

Major Genl Knox

Extract. “I should be happy to have your Ideas of the number of persons to be employed in the department of Field Commisary of Military Stores. If I remember right, it was your Excellency’s opinion that the conductors to Brigades might be dispensed with, and that the care of the Stores might safely be committed to [2] the Brigade Quarter Masters, as also the travelling Forge and Armourers.

I take the liberty to submit to your Excellency the following plan for the Field Commissary’s department –
A Field Commissary and two Main Army
Conductors or Clerks.
A D.y [struck: Field] Commissary and So. Army.
Two Conductors or Clerks.
A Conductor at Fort Pitt.

[docket] From his Excellecy Genl Washington 17 Augt 1782
[inserted- different hand: Signature Purloined – No 56 – ]

Notes: Published in Fitzpartick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 25, pp 29-30. Signature removed