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Letter from Henry Knox, April 4, 1783

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.12.073
Henry Knox. Autographed letter signed: West Point, to George Washington, 1783 April 4. 1 p. + addr.

West point 4 April 1783

[inserted - different hand: To W.]


Under the idea of the certainty of peace I submit this to your Excellency whether it will be proper to issue any more ammunition to the troops. The situation of the Army precludg the probability of an attack, a few hours even [struck: indulging] [inserted: supposing] the possibility of a demand would obtain a supply from this post. I have been witnesd to these [inserted: reflections] by a return for the first Massachusetts brigade [inserted: signed by Major Banks] for a number of Army Accoutrements, 3000 flints and forty thousand musket cartridges. I have [inserted: ordered all the articles to be ] issued [strike-out] except two thousand flints, and the 40000 cartridges [w]chich I have suspended untill I have your orders – If they are Issued and the army disbanded the public will certainly to use them, and if each brigade should ask a simlar proportion the number will be immense –

I have the honor to be
with the <?> respect
your Excellencys Obedint Servt
H Knox

His Excellency
General Washington –

To His Excy General Washington.
4 April 1783.