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|Collection Reference Number
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|The Henry Knox Papers  May-August 1785
|George Washington to Henry Knox congratulating Knox on his appointment to the post of Secretary at War
|18 June 1785
|Washington, George (1732-1799)
|Correspondence; Government document; Military document
|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.
|Government and Civics Building Construction President Military History Continental Army Infrastructure Travel Transportation Finance Gift Westward Expansion
|Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Washington, George (1732-1799) Graham, Catharine Macaulay (1731-1791)
|Mount Vernon, Virginia
|Government & Politics; The Presidency; Industry; Banking & Economics; Westward Expansion; Women in American History; Creating a New Government
|The Henry Knox Papers
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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