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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09950
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0120] October-December 1793 
Title Henry Knox to an unknown recipient relating the opinions of George Washington on the situation in Europe
Date October 1793
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document; Military document
Content Description Relates the concerns of the President, George Washington, regarding the "present hostile state of Europe," and the consequences it may have for the United States. Writes, "It is acknowledged by all who reflect upon the course of human events that a just regard for its own preservation and security, is the primary duty of every independent nation." Believes that the United States is in a good position to defend itself should the need arise. States that though the President does not have legal authority to direct measures of defense, he feels that the respective states should do what they can to repair the decaying seaports and coastal defenses that have not been used since the late war. Also advises that the patriotism of individuals needs to be aroused, "to produce an arrangement on the existence of which the preservation of their lives property and liberties might eventually depend." Date added later in pencil. Docketed, "To be considered."
Subjects President  Government and Civics  Military History  Foreign Affairs  Global History and Civics  National Security  Patriotism  US Constitution  Law  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Theme Creating a New Government; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859