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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.02005
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0055] 1-15 March 1783 
Title Alexander McDougall to Henry Knox regarding debates in Congress over pay and pensions
Date 15 March 1783
Author McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by General McDougall to Major General Knox. McDougall was a member of a committee sent by the officers to lobby for half-pay pensions to Congress. Mentions that only Georgia is not represented at this point and there were divisions on the pension issue among the other states. Says 7 were for it, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire against it, with Connecticut divided. Goes on to discuss parliamentary manoeuvres made by members of Congress on the issue. Says Colonel Dyer of Connecticut, who was to vote for the issue after it was brought up for discussion again shocked everyone by voting against it, which "lost us the question." Discusses ways they might be able to affect a change in the situation. Says if he fails he will return to the army by the end of the month. Encloses newspapers with the latest news from Europe (not included).
Subjects Newburgh Conspiracy  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Soldier's Pay  Finance  Pension  Continental Congress  Congress  Government and Civics  Global History and Civics  Journalism  
People McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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