Preparations for the Expedition to the Westward

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
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Date April 21, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Major General Richard Butler (primary)
Summary Knox reports on the preparations for the expedtion to the western frontiers. Levies from Jersey and regulars from Delaware are on the march and supplies of clothing and tents are at Winchester.
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Related Persons/Groups Richard Butler; Henry Knox; Colonel Drake; Armstrong; commanding officers; ;
Related Places War Department; Winchester, Virginia; Hagerstown; New Jersey; Trenton; Delaware; Carlisle; Maryland; ;
Keywords suits of clothing; tents; battalion; levies; ;
Key Phrases much injury has arisen for want of a Major;

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War departmentApril 21st 1791
I write this letter to meet you by hazard.
Colonel Drake accepts the command which you probably know.
One hundred and thirteen units of clothing and tents for one company, were sent from this city yesterday by land, to Winchester in Virginia and the same quantity to Hagerstown and the quantities necessary to complete each Battalion will be forwarded in ten days hence.
I have not received any information of the Lines of this state - part of the clothing has been forwarded and the remainder will follow in quick succession-
One hundred levies of the Jersey battalion will march from Trenton on the 20th or 26th and about the same time the companies of Armstrong and of the State of Delaware, and I shall tomorrow send some person to march those who shall be at Carlisle, much injury has arisen for want of a Major at that place.
I pray you to make every arrangement in Virginia and Maryland entire and enjoin on the commanding Officers a correspondence with me.
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I have the honor &c:Signed H KnoxSecy of WarA.C.
Major General Butler
Endorsed No 11.