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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09350
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0133] January-April 1797 
Title George Washington to Henry Knox with thoughts on Washington's retirement, politics and hopes for the future
Date 2 March 1797
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Later copy of a letter from Washington to Knox, thanking Knox for a letter recently received. Offer condolences to Knox for his recent losses (several of Knox's children died 1796-1797, including his seven year old son named after George Washington). Washington complains of those who lack confidence in and have criticized his leadership, stating that they will be satisfied with nothing "short of a change in our political system." Writes that he looks forward to the prospect of retirement, but is not "without my regrets at parting with (perhaps never more to meet) the few intimates whom I love, among these, be assured you are one." Has heard, through Mr. Bingham, that Knox is doing well in Maine (Knox retired in 1795 to Montpelier, his estate in Thomaston, Maine). After retirement, expects to be occupied in "rural amusements," and not to travel more than twenty miles from Mount Vernon. Hopes his friends and colleagues will visit him. Relates that the following day, 3 March, he will leave his position as President, and shall witness the inauguration of his successor, John Adams. Declines to say more about politics, and sends his and Martha's good wishes to Knox and his family. Copy made 2 February 1854.
Subjects President  Government and Civics  Politics  Mount Vernon  Children and Family  Death  Friendship  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Inauguration  First Lady  
People Washington, George (1732-1799)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Children & Family; Agriculture
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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