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Letter from Henry Knox, May 14, 1783

TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.12.121
Henry Knox. Letter fragment: to George Washington, 1783 May 14. 1 p. + docket.

[inserted - different hand: 14 May ‘83]

[inserted - different hand: To W]

Sir

The soldiers of the regiments of this Garrison have been tolerably quiet untill last night, when the behaviour of most or all of the regiments was totally repugnant to discipline, & in many instancs highly mutinous. [struck: The officers are] The officers exceded themselves to keep the men in their barracks [struck: and] [inserted: which they] finally effected [strike-out] & secured some of the most [struck: unruly] violent. The [strike-out] [inserted: rioters] appeared to have no particular objects in view but [strike-out] <?> and telling indecent expressions – regimental courts martial are order’d for the trial of the prisoners and it is presumed the [struck: punishment will be] [inserted: sentence] of those who shall be found guilty will be to be [struck: punishd with] [inserted: corporal punishment and drumed out] with infamy. I have ventured to asure the officers coming regiments that if this should be the case, they [struck: would] should be justified in approving the sentence; and carrying it into effect. Upon this I am to ask your Excellencys approbation.

Many officers have requested that furloughs for fifteen or twenty days. I have in vanity referred them to your Excellcy, but if you should find it too much trouble, and think proper to entrust me with the power, I shall relieve your Excllncy from it in future. I have the honor to be with <?>

[docket]
To His Excelleny Genl Washington
14 May 1783

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