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Letter to Benjamin Lincoln, June 6, 1783

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.52.134

George Washington. Letter copy: Head Quarters, to General Benjamin Lincoln, 1783 June 6. 2 p. + doc.


Washington to Sec. at War

Head Quarters

6 June 1783.


Dear Sir,


Having attentively perused the letter from Major Genl Knox to you, respecting extra allowances to him, which you committed to my consideration, I can with great truth and justice say, that the requests made by Gen Knox appear to me to be  perfectly reasonable and well founded.


In the first instance, the duties of his command from the time of his first entering the Service have been arduous and important – and if it was necessary to make the Observation to you I could add, they have been executed with the greatest attention, ability and satisfaction, as well as with great prudence and oeconomy for the public. If therefore Congress should be pleased to give him the allowances for the time mentioned, for his extra Services as Master of the Ordnance, I think it would be no more than what justice demands for his particular merits, and will involve no disagreeable Consequences.


On the other head - although the extra allowances have been discontinued to Officers in separate departments, yet General Knox’s situation has been very peculiar for the time he has commanded at West Point; particulary last year, while the French Army was in the Neighborhood, Curiosity led many of their most respectable officers to visit that post, which circumstance alone led him, for the honor of our Country as well as his own, into many unavoidable [2] expences, beyond what any other Situation would have subjected him to. Independent of this particular reason, West Point, being a post of great importance and much famed for the peculiarity of its Situation and Strength, is at all time subject to much company, many of whom are so respectable as to claim the attention of the Commandant. In this view, exclusive of his particular merits at that post, I think the request of General Knox is extremely reasonable and just. And if Congress should be pleased to grant him some extra allowance therefor, it would be exceedingly grateful to me and perfectly conformable to my Wishes.


With great regard,

I am, dear Sir,

Your most obedient Servant

(signed) Go: Washington

Hon. Secretary at War



Copy of a letter from his Ex: Genl Washington to the Secretary at War 6 June 1783

No 5-



Notes:  This is a copy of letter to General Benjamin Lincoln which was sent to Knox by Washington.  Original letter published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 25, pp. 475--6