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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01524
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0045] August 1782 
Title Benjamin Lincoln to Henry Knox on the administration of military supplies and the prospects of peace
Date 12 August 1782
Author Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Written by Secretary of War Lincoln to Major General Knox. References Knox's letter of 7 August. Thanks him "for your opinion on the department of field Commisary of Military Stores." As Knox hinted, Lincoln said he has submitted it to Washington. Wants his opinion on the peace. Says he received a late letter from London "shewing the miserable state to which their nation is driven. - which, if true, must soon produce a peace provided we do not relax on the present state of things - and thereby lay ourselves open to a stroke." Says a Mr. Blake of South Carolina has recently returned from England and does not hesitate to say New York and Charlestown (Charleston) will be evacuated by the British in October. Blake claimed it would have been done sooner if transports could be had. Lincoln doubts the report saying "If this is their real design, why is it so publicly mentioned?" The body of the letter is written in the hand of William Jackson, Lincoln's assistant.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  President  Global History and Civics  Diplomacy  Treaty  Navy  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs; 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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