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|The Henry Knox Papers  1-13 February 1783
|Alexander McDougall to Henry Knox concerning half-pay pensions for officers
|12 February 1783
|McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)
|Written by General McDougall, but signed anonymously as "Brutus" to Major General Knox. McDougall reports that he seems to be making progress in lobbying Congress for funding for half-pay pensions for the officers. Says that since the Committee of the Army (made up of McDougall and Colonels Brooks and Ogden) came to Philadelphia that "the Sentiment is daily gaining ground, that the Army will not, nor ought not, to disband till Justice is done to them." Says a motion might be brought up by supportive Congressmen to not disband the army until "Justice is done to them." Asks Knox to keep quiet on the subject until the vote takes place. Says he is lobbying members of Congress for funding. Hopes the country will have enough sense to do justice to the army without any violent declarations from the officers. Says the army needs to prepare for what might happen. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.
|Newburgh Conspiracy Revolutionary War Revolutionary War General Continental Congress Congress Continental Army Military History Soldier's Pay Finance Pension Petition Government and Civics Mutiny Rebellion
|The American Revolution; Government & Politics
|The Henry Knox Papers
|For information on the identity of Brutus see Richard H. Kohn, "The Inside History of the Newburgh Conspiracy: America and the Coup d'Etat," William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 2 (April 1970), 187-220. A footnote on page 197 says that Mary-Jo Kline noted that McDougall tried to mask his handwriting in the body of the letter, but not in the address leaf. She compared it to another McDougall letter, which is now GLC02437.01933, to identify the writer. She could have also noted that both letters use the same slightly blue-tinted paper.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
|Further letter from Alexander McDougall to Henry Knox concerning half-pay pensions for officers
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