Henry Knox. Letter
draft: West Point, to George Washington, 1783 February 27. 2 p. + doc.
Point 27 Feby 1783
– different hand: To W]
received your Excellencys letter respecting the loss of Stores at the posts at
Kings ferry. I take the liberty to
enclose the report of Captain Lieut Fenns of the Artillery on that subject.
I should have transmitted it to your Excellency when I first received it
but I was in hopes that some thing further might have been discover’d – I
have sent him the lock & key and directed the quarter master at this post to
apply for the hounds, which with the change of the mode of doing duty will in
future I hope prevent any [inserted:
more] depredations of this nature. –
by no means satisfied with [inserted: strike-out]
Captain Lieut Fenns’s ideas of his [inserted:
not being] responsibile [struck: of] [inserted:
for] the Stores because he was [inserted:
not] the commanding officer of the posts. He
ought [inserted: in my opinion] to
have considerd himself accountable to the publick for the Stores, and although
the frequent change of commanding officers involved [strike-out] him in much trouble yet an actual examination of the
Stores ought to have been made every time the return was called for.
Your Excellency will please to observe that the lost barrell of powder ought to
have been reportd as part of the fifth robbery, but was not discover’d untill
lately. In case of anymore articles
being lost while [inserted: struck:
I have the honor to be] Capt Lieut Fenns commands at Kings ferry I will relieve
[inserted: struck: with
the] him, and have the matter enquired into by a court martial or court of
I have the honor to be
with the highest respect
To His Exy
27 Feby 1783.