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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09407
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0075] May-August 1785 
Title George Washington to Henry Knox congratulating Knox on his appointment to the post of Secretary at War
Date 18 June 1785
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document; Military document
Content Description Congratulates Knox on his appointment (on March 8, 1785) to the post of Secretary at War. Encloses a certificate of service for Major Sergeant (not included). Hopes to receive limestone for use in construction. Discusses the Virginia Assembly's appropriation of shares intended for him (Washington) in navigation of the Potomac and James Rivers. Referring to Knox's new position as Secretary at War, mentions the Western Territory, Great Britain, and military posts near Detroit. Suggests Fort Pitt or Fort McIntosh as posts of deposits from which other forts may draw supplies. Discusses specific locations in the Great Lakes region in relation to the fur trade, including Miami Village and Fort (near Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, and the Ohio River). Writes, "My opinion of the matter is, that I have described a sufficient extent of Country to answer all our present purposes; beyond which, neither Settlements nor Locations of Land ought to be admitted..." Argues that allowing settlement farther west would weaken the frontiers. Suggests the creation of a post at the confluence of the Great Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Offers suggestions for the specific distribution of 700 men between Fort Pitt, Miami Fort, the Falls of the Ohio, and at the confluence of the Great Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Reports a recent visit from Mrs. Macauly Graham (possibly Catherine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham) and Mr. Graham. Docketed in Knox's hand.
Subjects Government and Civics  Building Construction  President  Military History  Continental Army  Infrastructure  Travel  Transportation  Finance  Gift  Westward Expansion  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  Graham, Catharine Macaulay (1731-1791)  
Place written Mount Vernon, Virginia
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Industry; Banking & Economics; Westward Expansion; Women in American History; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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