Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters, Newburgh, to Henry Knox, 1782 August
29. 4 p.
- different hand: Aug 29 1782]
Major General Knox.
are hereby appointed to the command of West point and its Dependencies – But
as the Army will lay for some time upon Verplanks point; you will consider
yourself as relieved, ‘till further orders, from the care of attending to that
post – Stoney Point and Dobb’s Ferry, which are part of the dependencies –
except so far as relates to their being constantly supplied with the proper
quantity of Ordnance Stores –
have so thorough a confidence in you and so well am I acquainted with your
ability and activity, that I think it needless to point out to you the great
outlines of your duty – I recommend the following matters to your attention.
visit the Redoubts frequently – see that they are kept in proper order –
that the Garrisons allotted to them are alert – and  that they make it an
invariable Rule to sleep within the Works. They should each be furnished
constantly with ten days Wood and Water, and if the Contractors keep up such a
Magazine of Salt provision upon the Point as they ought to do by Contract, the
detached Works should be provided with ten days provision also–
Rolls to be frequently called – No Officer to be absent without your leave,
and no non Commissioned Officer or soldier without the leave of a Field Officer.
Quarter Master having reported a scarcity of Tents, you will be pleased to
remove the 10th: Massachusetts Regt. into the Barracks, that their
tents may be delivered up–
Buildings either public or private to be erected without your knowledge, and
when applications are made to for that purpose, you will, if the applications
are admitted, direct the commanding Engineer  to point out the situation,
that they may not interfere with defences of the place –
public Buildings now carrying on, and the alterations and repairs of the Works
will engage your particular attention. You know the necessity of bringing them
to a certain state before the Frost sets in.
at Head Quarters
the 29th of August 1782 –
Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v.