Henry Knox. Letter
draft: West Point, to George Washington, 1783 August 15. 2 p. + doc.
point 15 Augt 1783
– different hand: To W]
is the State of the ordnance at the northern posts. Your Excellency will be able to judge whether any can be
taken from thence to be carried forward and [inserted:
from] which place.
consideration of the importance of Niagra perhaps [struck: will] [insterted:
it] may not be advisable to leave seven Cannon than twelve of Different sizes
and six mortars and Howister [strike-out]
These would form [struck: one or] two [inserted:
or three] respectable batteries, [struck:
and if] and although I am unacquainted with the nature of the Grounds around the
yet as the enemy could bring heavy Cannon with facility,
It could perhaps not only be proper but even necessary that [struck:
three] that [struck: two] three or
four of the Cannon should be 101
pounders. Probably for the same
reason [struck: one or] two eighteens
ought to be at Oswego. As [struck: that] [inserted:
the] heavy Cannon and stores must be forwarded from this post, the expence and
trouble will be considerable, but if the measure is necessary those
circumstances cannot [struck: to] have
[inserted: sufficient] [strike-out]weight
 [strike-out] to obstruct the
transportation. I will be obliged
by your Excellecys directions upon the subject.
detachment. of artillery [struck:
which were] for the northern duty will want cloathing.
blankets [inserted: shoes] & ca which I hope are in the Store – The
Infantry will want the same.
I have the honor to be
with the highest Respect –
His Excellency Genl Washington
To His Excly Gen Washington
15 Aug. 1783.