Knox solicits Lincoln's opinion of his militia plan

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Date January 31, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary)
Summary Knox solicits General Lincoln's opinion of his plan for the establishment of a national militia.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Benjamin Lincoln; Henry Knox;
Related Places New York;
Keywords militia; standing army; glory of our republic; utopian plan;
Key Phrases We must have a strong institution of the sort [a militia] or we shall have a standing army which I should exceedingly dislike unless I commanded it. Under the influences of a standing army the glory of our republic would pass away like snow before a summers sun.
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Gen Knox Jany 31 1790
about an organized militia
[page] 1
New York 31 January 1790
Tell me sincerely your own opinion my dear friend is the project of the militia here, with enclosed an utopian plan?
If I am not acting under a delusion as sure as we exist as a republic, we must have a strong institution of the sort, or we shall have a standing Army, which I should exceedingly dislike unless I commanded it. For I am forcibly impressed with the opinion that under the influences of a standing Army the glory of our republic would pass away like snow before a summers sun.
Your sincerely affectionate
H Knox
Genl Lincoln

Gen Knox Jan 31 1790
About an organized militia
[page] 1
New York 31 January 1790
Tell me sincerely your own opinion my dear friend is the project of the militia here, with enclosed an utopian plan?
If I am not acting under a delusion as sure as we exist as a republic, we must have a strong institution of the sort, or we shall have a standing Army, which I should exceedingly dislike unless I commanded it. For I am forcibly impressed with the opinion that under the influences of a standing Army the glory of our republic would pass away like snow before a summers sun.
Your sincerely affectionate
H Knox
Genl Lincoln
Genl Lincoln
31 Jany 1790
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New York 31 January 1790
Tell me sincerely ? your own opinion my dear friend, is the project of the Militia herewith enclosed an utopian affair plan? If I am not acting under a delusion, as sure as we exist as a republic we must have a strongrole institution of the kind sort, or we must shall have a standing army which I should exceedingly dislike unless I command it without [stricken illegible text] For I [stricken illegible text] am strongly forcibly impressed with the opinion that under the influences of a standing Army the Glory of our republic would pass away like snow before a summers sun.
Your affectionate
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