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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03276
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0077] January-August 1786 
Title Henry Knox to Marquis de Lafayette discussing foreign and domestic affairs, William Knox, and Pierre L'Enfant's debt
Date 16 June 1786
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de  
Document Type Correspondence; Non-governmental organization document
Content Description References Lafayette's letter of 11 February 1786. Thanks Lafayette for his kindness toward his brother William when he was ill. Says that William has recovered and has been with him since October 1785. Hopes the recovery is permanent. Discusses the affair of Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who had been sent to France in 1783 to purchase jeweled eagle badges for the members of the Society of the Cincinnati. L'Enfant returned to America in 1784 and brought back many badges purchased on credit. The price proved too high for some officers, which left L'Enfant in a bind. Goes on to say that the Society approved of L'Enfant's conduct and owed 630 dollars to him for his services in France, which Knox says was recently offered to him. L'Enfant refused the payment until the entire issue of the badges purchased on credit is cleared up with the Society. Says L'Enfant will write to Lafayette. Reports he will keep Washington informed. Knox also notes that he gave "our friend Baron Steuben" an extract from Lafayette's letter about von Steuben and also had it published. Thanks Lafayette for offering to watch over his son's education in France. Knox hopes they can exchange sons in the future. Talks of government and says "The revolution has presented us with the opportunity of [pursuing] a strong republican government - But nothing more than the opportunity[.] every home provinces, exchange in opinion But the federal government must be strengthened." Speaks of the character of the American people after the peace treaty with Britain. Reports that "The indians ... of the Ohio are troublesome to the Settlers." Believes the cause is "indiscretions on the part of the Settlers." Says there are 600 troops in the Ohio country and they are there to keep the public lands free from lawless settlers. Says there is enough western land to cancel the debt if it is sold properly. Says "The british were not [leaving] the posts this Summer." The British claim they will not leave them as they were not captured and because the Americans have not complied with treaty stipulations on refugees and debt. Knox says "I wish this was not true." Sends greetings to friends.
Subjects Society of the Cincinnati  American Indian History  Revolutionary War General  Children and Family  Mental Health  Health and Medical  Fraternal Organization  France  Global History and Civics  Finance  Debt  Clothing and Accessories  President  Immigration and Migration  Journalism  Education  Revolutionary War  Continental Army  Military History  Government and Civics  Articles of Confederation  US Constitution  Treaty  Frontiers and Exploration  Westward Expansion  Law  Debt  Economics  Land Transaction  Fortification  Refugees  Loyalist  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Creating a New Government; Banking & Economics; Children & Family; Education; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; Health & Medicine; Merchants & Commerce; Native Americans; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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