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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.02319
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0061] 16-31 July 1783 
Title Benjamin Lincoln to Henry Knox on artillery and construction
Date 23 July 1783
Author Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Written by Secretary of War Lincoln to Major General Knox. References Knox's letter of 15 July, which referred to a plan for an arsenal [at West Point?]. Reports that as the official peace treaty has now arrived, they may not have the help of "the three years men in building the magazines." Says they should hire common laborers, as it will be cheaper than keeping those troops in the army. Says he will be able to give more information in a few days when Congress makes a decision on the magazines. Expresses that Knox's plan for the arsenal was "elegant," but does not expect an arsenal based on his design will be built anytime soon. Will be attentive to the establishment of a company of armorers, but says money is scarce. Free frank signed "On public service/B. Lincoln.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Treaty  Global History and Civics  Building Construction  Artillery  Ammunition  Finance  Economics  Continental Congress  Congress  Architecture  Artisans  
Place written Princeton, New Jersey
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics; Industry
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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