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Authorization for the Lieutenants of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky to Raise Forces

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Date March 10, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Brown (primary) Location: Kentucky
Summary Authorized and instructed lieutenants of Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties, Pennsylvania, and Harrison, Randolph, Ohio, Monongahalia, Kenhawa Counties, Virginia, as well as John Brown, Kentucky, on raising militia to defend against the Indians. Advised economy in called up only the necessary number of men.
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Related Persons/Groups multiple; Henry Knox; county lieutenants; Secretary of War; Indians; Indian Nation; ranger; ;
Related Places War Department; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Kentucky; Washington; Westmoreland; Allegheny; counties, Pennsylvania; Harrison; Randolph; Ohio; Monongahalia; Kenhawa; county; John Brown; ;
Keywords militia; frontier; rangers; pay; rations; supplies; provisions; muster roll; ;
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Congress the 10th March 1791
The lieutenant of the Counties of
Washington, Westmoreland, and
Allegheny in Pennsylvania
The lieutenants of Harrison, Randolph
Ohio, Monongahala & Kenhawa
Counties, in Virginia; And, to
the honorable John Brown, Kentucky
giving him with other persons
similar instructions for
(4) [Letter __ The Secretary of War to the County lieutenants] Pennsylvania & Virginia
War Department 10th March 1791
In consideration of the present exposed situations of the County of
The President of the United States, hereby authorizes you to embody at the expense of the United States as many of the Militia by Voluntary engagements or otherwise according to law as in your judgement the defensive protection of the said county may require.
He is persuaded that from a regard to proper Economy, and your own Character, You will not call out an emmisary number of Men
The ranger to be called into service in pursuance of this Authority are to be upon the same establishment of pay and rations as the troops of the United States agreeable to the Schedule herein enclosed
The County Lieutenants are to make an arrangement for for supplying the said rangers with rations, provided each ration shall not exceed the amount of Eight cents.
The County Lieutenants are also to direct the said rangers to be mustered upon entering and leaving the Service and the officers commanding the said rangers are to make oath to the truth of their muster rolls.
The muster rolls and abstracts for the pay and rations of said rangers are to be made out and certified by the County Lieutenants who are to transmit the same to the War Office for examination and payment; and also their powers of attorney to receive the money.
You will keep the said rangers in constant activity in such directions as may best serve to secure the Inhabitants and to give Information of the Approach of the Indians
You will report to me and to the commanding General of the troops, in writing the number you have called out by Virtue of this Authority and the Arrangements you have made for furnishing them with rations.
This measure is to be considered as temporary until other and more efficient arrangements which are in [undecipherable] shall be carried into execution
I am Sir Your humble Servant