Knox writes to Hodgdon regarding honorary canon for General Greene

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Date February 7, 1784
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: Boston
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary)
Summary Discusses the honorary cannon to be presented to Major General Greene by resolution of Congress.
Document Format Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Henry Knox; Major General Knox; Samuel Hodgdon; Major General Greene; Congress; Commander-in-Chief; General Washington; the Financier; War Office;
Related Places Boston; Boston; Eutaw [ Eutaw Springs ]; Southward; West Point; Philadelphia;
Keywords ordnance; cannon; engraved; substance of the resolve of Congress; British cannons; handsome emblems; carriages; good order; expences; business; application; doubt; propriety; request; information or direction;
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Letter from General
Knox dated 7th Feby
relative to General
Green's Ordnance
Boston 7th February 1784.
Dear Sir
Some time past Congress resolved that the
Commander in Chief should present two Cannon to Major
General Greene which had been taken at Eutau or some
other place to the Southward, but it is difficult if not
impossible in any reasonable time to procure these Cannon
and have engraved upon them the substance of the
resolve of Congress.
In consideration of this difficulty
His Excellency General Washington directed that some of
the Cannon which were at West point should be engraved
for this purpose, but, it was frustrated by all the Cannon
at that post having been previously engraved -- I have
therefore to request that you would have two of the british
Cannon, now in Philadelphia engraved with the enclosed
inscription. -- It will be necessary to have the
words encircled by some handsome emblems.
I beg you would be so good as to put this matter
in train immediately, and let me know, directed
to me at this place the probable time when they
will be finished. -- The Carriages also must be put
into good order.
I am persuaded that the
honorable The Financier will pay the expences
arising upon this business upon your application
to him, and shewing him a Copy of this request.
If you should have any doubt upon your
mind respecting the propriety of complying with this
request, you will please to apply to the War Office,
for further information, or direction.
I am dear Sir
your very humble
H Knox. M Genl.
Samuel Hodgdon Esquire