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Maria Butler speaks of the death of General Butler to Washington

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CollectionPierpont Morgan Library: Henry Knox Papers view image
Document Information
Date December 22, 1791
Author Name Maria Butler (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses death of Butler; discusses pioneeers and frontier life; discusses militia and protection of the frontier.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Mrs Butler; Maria Butler; Mary Butler; General Butler; Richard Butler; relick; widow; children; regular troops; guards; Governor; militia; brother; husband; father; ;
Related Places Pittsburgh; wilderness; Westmoreland County; Washington County; Fayet County; Allegheny County; frontier; ;
Keywords anxiety; garrison; public property; strength; land; blood; ;
Key Phrases they cannot give the people confidence to sit still; examples of one or two families; ardent desire to be protected on the land that was so dear to my friend and to live in the country that his blood has been shed for; father to the people and to me; succession of melancholy events; great anxiety I feel; his body lies in the wilderness; address you with diffidence if I did not know from your great philanthropy that you can enter into the feelings of individuals;

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To The President
of the united states’


from Mrs Butler

Pitts Burgh Decr 22


I should address you with diffidence if I did not know from our great Philanthropy, that you own can enter into the feelings of Individuals

I am the unhappy Relict of Genl Butler (official Accounts will have informd you of the particulars)[indecipherable] only believe I am Almost worn out by a succession of Melancoly Events - I am beleagured now for sorrow With the [undecipherable] I can make and the great Anxiety I feel, for mine and my Childrens situation as [undecipherable] not one Whit. [undecipherable] between my house and the spot where his Body lies in the Wilderness. I am compeld by my Miserable feelings, to request you if it is not Inconsistent with the Policy of the United States, to have [undecipherable] Regular Troops

garrison at this place, as the Inhabitants can witness how much Publick property has been [indecipherable] from time to time for want of guards.

A Committee from the four Countys Westmorland Fayet Washington and Allegany has met in this place - Praying some immediate relief from the Governor and legislature of this state - as I feel confident they will not send - the consequences I suffer will be the Militia orderd out in the Frontier - which if anything can be [undecipherable] then nothing they are - they cannot give the People confidence to [undecipherable] - And at present the Inhabitants only wants the example of one or two families to [undecipherable] from [undecipherable] to drain the [undecipherable strengths - it is my ardent desire be protected on the land that was so dear to [undecipherable] and to live in the Country that his blood has been shed for - I hope you [undecipherable] to this [undecipherable] the unhappy and Miserable state of

Mary Butler

May the supreme orator long spare you to be A Father to the People and to Me who has lost in one year father husband and brother