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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01897
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0053] 1-13 February 1783 
Title Gouverneur Morris to Henry Knox concerning army pay
Date 7 February 1783
Author Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by Morris as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance to Major General Knox. Wants to give him an update on affairs. Says "It has given me much Pain to see the army looking wildly for a Redress of Grievances" -- a reference to the half-pay pensions the officers desired. Says that "During the War they find you useful and after a Peace they will wish to get rid of you And they will see you starve rather than pay a six Penny Tax.." Says experience has made him take this point of view. Predicts that "the best Legislature on the Continent will do Things which the worst man among them would in his private Capacity be ashamed of." Suggests that the officers should align themselves with the other creditors of the government to achieve their goal. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Subjects Newburgh Conspiracy  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Soldier's Pay  Finance  Pension  Petition  Continental Congress  Congress  Taxes or Taxation  Government and Civics  Poverty  Morality and Ethics  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; 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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