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  Letter to Henry Knox, September 9, 1782
TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.008
George Washington. Letter: Head Quarters, to Major General Henry Knox, 1782 September 9. 2 p. + doc.

Head Quarters 9th Septemr 1782

Dear Sir

I have your favor of the 7th Altho there may be an impropriety in employing a compa[ny] of the German prisoners in the Garrison of West point as Armourers yet I think it may safely be done at Newburgh, where a Buildg may be appropriated for a Work Shop It seems our only expedient, and I have little Doubt, but if those people were promised their Liberty, upon workg faithfully twelve Months, or some stipulated time, they would perform their agreement-

We Cannot constitute a Court for the tryal of Sergant Spinoza, as one third must be composed of Levy Officers You had best *loss [therefore order him to his]* Corps If his Captain can [2] prove treasonable practices against him let him turn him over to the civil Authority.

I inclose you a Copy of the new Arrangement of the Department of Commissy of Military Stores will you be pleased to nominate the proper Officers, that I may confirm them, and set the System in motion- Will it be possible to get the field pieces directed to be presented to the Count de Rochambeau, engraved with the proper inscriptions here or must the Secretary at War endeavour to have it done in Philadela. Remember the pieces must be of those taken at York Town, I would wish, for particular reasons, that it might be done soon.-

With much Regard
I am Dear Sir
Your most humb Servant

Majr Genl Knox

From his Excelleny Genl
Washington 9th Septr 82

[inserted - different hand: Signature Purloined No 54 ]

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 25: 140-41.
Signature removed. Editorial insertion of missing text based on Fitzpatrick transcription.