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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01540
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0045] August 1782 
Title Benjamin Lincoln to Henry Knox on the subject of officers' pay
Date 26 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. Marked "Private." References Knox's private letter of last Saturday evening sent by Frothingham. Asked him to reread his public letter of 31 July because "fearing from the warmth of expression that you supposed me more responsible than I really was & that I had omitted a part of my duty -- I am now satisfied -- do not wonder at my noticing every thing which looks like a hint that there has been an omission." Believes the officers should not address the assembly of Massachusetts on half pay at this time, as Congress has not recommended it as a settlement yet. Says the officer's application "should be directly to Congress from all the officers of the main Army praying that the several states may be directed to settle the half pay." Gives list of 5 reasons why they should wait to confront the state of Massachusetts. Says he has given his opinion in full freedom.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Government and Civics  Military History  Continental Army  Pension  Soldier's Pay  Continental Congress  Congress  Petition  
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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