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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09349
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0127] July-September 1795 
Title George Washington to Henry Knox discussing a treaty with Britain and the education of Washington's godson
Date 20 September 1795
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Later copy of a letter from Washington to Knox, discussing a letter recently received from Knox "with great pleasure." Comments on Knox's home in Maine (Knox retired to his estate, Montpelier, in 1795, located near the St. George River in Thomaston, Maine). Mentions the "Treaty with Great Britain," possibly referring to the Jay Treaty, signed by Washington in August 1795. Refers to public opinion of the Treaty. Discusses the details of providing for George Washington Lafayette (son the Marquis de Lafayette and the President's godson). Relates that he has arranged for Lafayette to be cared for by Senator George Cabot and entered in the University of Cambridge with his tutor. Instructed Cabot to inform the boy Washington would "be to him as a friend & father," though his relationship to Lafayette was to initially remain a secret. Hopes Knox will move his family to Philadelphia for the winter. Copy made 6 March 1854.
Subjects President  Treaty  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Government and Civics  Diplomacy  Jay's Treaty  Politics  Revolutionary War General  Children and Family  Education  France  
People Washington, George (1732-1799)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Lafayette, Georges Washington Louis Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1779-1849)  
Place written Mount Vernon, Virginia
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Children & Family; Education; Foreign Affairs
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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