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|The Henry Knox Papers  September-December 1786
|George Washington to Henry Knox lamenting Shays' Rebellion
|26 December 1786
|Washington, George (1732-1799)
|Correspondence; Government document
|Lamenting Shays' Rebellion, writes "I feel, my dear Genl. Knox, infinitely more than I can express to you, for the disorders which have arisen in these States. Good God! who besides a tory could have foreseen, or a Briton predicted them!" Alludes to "combustibles in every State, which a spark might set fire to." Notes that Virginia is (at the moment) calm, but worries over disputes regarding navigation of the Mississippi. Discusses an amendment to the existing Constitution regarding paper emissions and military certificates. Expresses sadness regarding the recent death of General Nathanael Greene. Comments on Knox's previous references to the inadequacy of the present government, and the need for a change in this regard. Predicts that Great Britain is "sowing the seeds of jealousy and discontent" and "will improve every opportunity to foment the spirit of turbulence within the bowels of the United States." Recommends vigilance in this period of unrest. In a post script, send his and Martha's love and congratulates Knox and his wife Lucy on the birth of another child. Recently received letters from General Tupper while Tupper was in the Western country.
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|Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Washington, George (1732-1799) Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786) Washington, Martha (1731-1802) Knox, Lucy Flucker (1756-1824)
|Mount Vernon, Virginia
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|The Henry Knox Papers
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