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Knox's Terms for Appointment as Secretary of War

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PublicationDrake, Francis S., ed. Life and Correspondence of Henry Knox. Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1878. (no image)
Document Information
Date January 3, 1784
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: West Point
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary From West Point, New York, Henry Knox sends to George Washington a letter indicating the terms under which he'd be willing to accept a future appointment. Asks that pay be equivalent to that of Major General. If Congress is willing to make an offer, Knox will accept, on the above terms. Will soon depart for Boston. Expresses affection and gratitude to Washington.
Document Format Letter
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Henry Knox; congress; secretary at war; master of ordnance; Mrs. Knox; family;
Related Places West Point; Boston; New York; ;
Keywords Supreme Being; expenses; pay; emoluments; ;
Key Phrases It appears to me, and I hope I fairly estimate the expenses and trouble, that the pay and emoluments of a major general in a separate department free of any encumbrances would not be an unreasonable appointment.

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