Burnham resigns his commission to Knox

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Date December 24, 1791
Author Name John Burnham (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Office
Summary Letter, alludes to St. Clair's campaign defeat; advises Knox of resignation; alludes to Ohio land company, Scioto company. Burnham had been sent to Gallipolis to oversee construction of log houses and block houses for the French settlers known as the "French Five Hundred."
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; John Burnham; French five hundred; ;
Related Places Gallipolis; Ohio; War Office; Philadelphia; United States; ;
Keywords Scioto business, to settle which, in all probability will require more indulgence that I could expect from the public; honor to hold an appointment; nature of the service that it is not in my power to do justice to the public and to myself in the office which I sustain; public will suffer no injury; sacrifice of patriotism; extreme pain to make the request especially at this time when the operation of our army are so unfortunate; imbarrassments of my private affairs; military establishment of the United States; ;
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