Henry Knox. Autograph
letter draft: Westpoint, to George
Washington, 1782 September 7. 3 p. + doc.
point 7 Sept 1782
– different hand: To W]
received your Excellencys favor of the 5th instant respecting the
repairs of arms in the Army. The
respective brigades have hitherto executed by their own armorers [struck:
as many repairs as possible] [inserted:
the common repairs [struck: of their arms]], and when the business
was industriously [struck: pursued
attended] pursued they have been nearly able to [struck:
execute all the light repairs] [inserted: [struck: perform]
keep the arms in order]. This is
still, under present circumstances the only possible mode to be adopted, for
there is not one hired armorer in the Army of the United States.
Your Excellncy must have been misinformed with respect to any armorers at
this post, [inserted: as] there are none here.]
brigades are in possession of travellng forges, and can have them removed to
Verplanks point. Three ounces of
borax, and two quarts of salt will serve a travelling forge for the campaign.
The one can be obtained of the Commissary and I have sent a person to
endever to purchase [inserted: a pound of] borax, upon ten days credit.
if he succeeds it shall be instantly forwarded. [struck: Three
Weeks] [inserted: Some time] ago I sent to Philadelphia for Borax, and I
expect it [strike-out] momently.
pressing & urged [inserted: to General Lincoln] the importance of
having [inserted: [struck: at this Garison]] a company of armorers
[struck: to Gen Lincoln] [inserted: at this Garrison].
In the first letter, he answerd that the present desire must be submitted
to for he [struck: cannot] [inserted: could not] obtaining means
to pay [struck: them] [inserted: armorers].
In another letter of the 2d ultimo he proposes [struck: the
propriety] [inserted: a] consideration of the propriety  of forwarding
some German prisoners of War, who are [strike-out] armorers, and who wish
to obtain their liberation; & [struck: wish] [inserted:
desires] to know whether they could be trusted – I am of opinion that
principls of propriety preclude, employs in this Garrison; persons of that
description [struck: and any
accidents arising from them could not be forgiven by the person giving orders
for that purpose at Springfield to Philadelphia] [inserted:
If any accident that arise <?> the employing them would not be
forgiven by the <?>], they might be set at work with advantage [inserted:
at Springfield or Philadelphia] I
have not yet answrd Genl Lincolns letter, and before I do, I pray that your
Excellncy would have the goodness to transmit to me your sentiments on the
Captain [inserted: <?>] of the York Levies, [struck: [inserted:
<?>] <?>] [inserted: <?>] at Bedford, [struck:
has sent] [inserted: <?> post sent] to the provost at this
place <?>. The has forwarded
no evidens but wrote a letter which <?> Judge Advocate, transmited to
Colonel Cobb. [struck: If he is not
amenable to our laws] It appears that Capt Kent gave him prompt punishment for
some [struck: real or] supposed misbehaviour, and afterwards as an additional
punishment orderd him to West point. If
the man has already been punished, or if we [struck: have work] he is not
amenable to our laws, it appears to be an infraction of the principles of
justice to detain him any longer. [struck:
It appears] [inserted: is] pretty clearly to me that [struck:
Capt] Kent is gratifying his own malignity at the expence of our humanity.
I should not have  troubled you with reading this, [inserted:
but have discharged him myself] had not the matter been previously before your
Excllncy. [struck: I should
have discharged him]
I have the honor to be with great Respect
To His Exy. Gen. Washington
7th Sept. 1782.