Henry Knox. Autograph
letter draft signed: Westpoint, to
George Washington, 1782 September 11. 2
p. + doc.
11 Septr 1782.
- different hand: To W–]
cannot omit informing your Excellency of the Conduct of the Contractors in
issuing provisions to this
Garrison. It appears [struck:
to me] very extraordinary and yet it has been practiced since the 20th
of July [strike-out] [struck: When I was first informed of it][inserted: when I first received the information] I supposed it must
have orginated in a mistake, but upon examng Mr. Forsyth the issuing commisary
here, he says he the possibility of a mistake on [inserted: the] part of the contracts [inserted: is] precluded, as all his [strike-out] receipts of the deliveries [struck: since] of last month have been long since [strike-out] given to [strike-out]
[inserted: them], without any intimation [strike-out] of this impropriety as it respecting the numbers and
that he has acted in conformity to the enclosed orders
there has been any alteration [struck:
with the] in the contract [inserted:
for this Garrison] made last Decbr, and an explanation in January it would have
been proper to have communicated the matter to your Excellency [struck:
whom] I have understood that the price of a ration of the moving army is greater
than for Westpoint, but I do not know exactly to which – I pray your Excellny
[inserted: speedy] directions as I [struck: have] [inserted: shall]
not ventured to [struck: conduct] take
any step, without having the fullest  information.
I have the honor to be with
the highest respect
His Excellency General Washington
His Exely Gen Washington –
11 Sept 1782.