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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01101
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0031] July 1781 
Title Alexander McDougall to Henry Knox about strength of the Continental forces
Date 30 July 1781
Author McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description McDougall signs as "Brutus," a pseudonym often attributed to him related to his involvement in the Newburgh Conspiracy. Writes a cryptic and critical letter, questioning plans made for the Continental army and the authority of Congress. Expresses eagerness to "reduce New York," but admits that the Continental force is too weak to undertake such a venture. Complains that his garrison is "every sixth day without meat." Refers to the "Duke of Roxbury" (McDougall's nickname for William Heath) and "Ignatius Loyola," (evidently, from context, a reference to Benjamin Lincoln). Mentions the new mission of General Benjamin Lincoln. Demands to know if Congress has ruled to give officers of the army half pay, questioning the "authority of Congress to... promise us any pay at all." In a post script, praises the recent operations of General Nathanael Greene.
Subjects Newburgh Conspiracy  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Continental Congress  Congress  Diet and Nutrition  Military Provisions  Finance  Soldier's Pay  
People McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)  
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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