Henry Knox. Letter:
West point, to George Washington, 1783 April 16.
2 p. + doc.
point 16 April 1783 –
think it necessary to inform you that there is a general uneasiness in among the
Non – Commissioned Officers [inserted:
of the Connecticut line] grounded principally upon the inequality of rewards to
the officers and soldiers – They say the rewards ought to be in a strict
proportion, and if the officers received a five years pay as reward for services
the same rule ought to extend to them, instead of which they have only the
promise of one years pay. The
matter will issue I believe in a petition to your Excellency upon the subject.
Whether the idea has originated with themselves or whether it is the
suggestion of some designing person I cannot learn.
Certain it is, that the claim is new and not connected with any promise
of Congress. [strike-out]
It is not [inserted: imp]probable that
either claims may spring up, therefore I think the sooner we can begin to
discharge the War men the better. reasons
may be given that many men would want to attend to their favour in the present [strike-out]
season, and that every attention ought to be paid to men deserving so much of
the  County and therefore that twenty or thirty from each regiment should be
discharged upon such a day provided they left orders for to receive their
certificates [inserted: of the pay]
and the pay what may be advanced previous to the disolution of the Army, &
that in these days afterwards an equal number & so on.
I am [inserted: my] Dear
with the utmost respect
Your Humble Servt
His Excellency General Washington
To his Excellency General
Washington. 16 April 1783