Henry Knox. Autograph
letter signed: to George
Washington, 1782 September 22. 2 p.
- different hand: H.Knox to
Yesterday] There arrived at this place twenty two women & Children, who have
been sent by the Enemy from Canada to Vermont [strike-out].
The [struck: people of which] [inserted:
whose inhabitants] forwarded them to Albany, assured my Lord Stirling has sent
them down the Country, with a view, of them having an opportunity of going to
Philadadelphia on the way to their respected homes. These unhappy peoples, [struck:
consisting entirely of women have had their] were inhabitants of the frontiers
of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Their
husbands and fathers have been murder’d by the Savages and themselvs taken
into captivy to Canada. After
having experienced, horrors unutterable, they are now endevoring to return to
the places where they are known. They
drew provisions at Albany and I have furnished them with [strike-out] some here. [struck:
I hope][inserted: I pray] your
Excellency will direct the QMsrs to give them provisions to go to Philadelphia
upon [inserted: return] <?> It [strike-out]
I hope the  minister of war will take [struck:
some] measures to enable them to go with [inserted:
a] [strike-out] degree of comfort
to the places of their destination.
I am Sir
with the highest
His Excy Gen. Washington
22 Sept 1782.