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Provisions and Conduct

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CollectionJames S. Copley Library: General Collection view image
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)
Document Information
Date July 7, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary)
Summary Enclosed letter and contract for provisions. Purchase of pack-horses at Fort Pitt advisable with consent of Commander-in-Chief and Maj. Gen. Butler. General advice on purchase of provisions and compensation.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Henry Knox; Commander-in-Chief; Major General Butler; contractor; Wilkie; paymaster; ;
Related Places War Department; Fort Pitt; frontier; Treasury; ;
Keywords provisions; supplies; pack-horses; pack horses; contract; transportation; price; ration; forage; expedition; ;
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Letter from the War Office dated 7th July 1791Recd 14th
Letter from Genl Knox--dated July 7th 1791Recd the 14th July 1791
War departmentJuly 7th 1791
Sir
I have received your letter of the 20th of June, which is highly satisfactory.
I enclose you a copy of my last of, the 30th, and also agreably to your request a copy of the contract for provisions.
I am decisivly of opinion that the purchase of the pack-horses, is greatly preferable to the hiring of them--Having no doubt on this point from having weighed the subject--I request you, with the approbation of the Commander in Chief and Major General Butler while you are at Fort Pitt, to proceed according.
The contractor is to deliver the pro-
visions

provisions on the line in which the army [undecipherable] operate--of course he must be at the expected [undecipherable] and trouble of the transportation.--
I hope for the public interest, as well as his own, that there will be no deficiencies of his agents from any cause whatever. But in case there should be, I rely upon [undecipherable] you will administer the proper remedies.--[undecipherable] there must not be any interposition on your part unless in cases of extremity, you will then interfere upon the orders of the Commander in Chief--and the advances you make must be settled at the treasury with the contractor according to the contract.
I learn that Mr. Wilkie is to [undecipherable] the pack-horses for the contractor, [undecipherable] that he is provided with the means for that purpose.
The
The price of the ration of forage is fixed by law--On the expectation it will be furnished by the public, or [undecipherable]--In the one case the public will pay for the forage and in the other the officers will be paid by the paymaster.
I am highly pleased that Major General Butler entirely approves your conduct--I am persuaded it will be the same with the Commander in Chief and the public.
I am Sir,with great esteem,Your most obedt ServtHKnox
Hodgdon Esqr
The price of the ration of forage is fixed by law--On the expectation it will be furnished by the public, or or not at all--In the one case the public will pay for the forage and in the other the officers will be paid by the pay-master.
I am highly pleased that major general Butler entirely approves your conduct--I am persuaded it will be the same with the Commander in Chief and the public.
I am Sir,with great esteem,Your most obedt ServtHKnox
Samuel Hodgdon Esqr