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Extract of a Letter from the Secretary of War, to Lieut. Col. Commandant Wilkinson

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CollectionVirginia State Library: Executive Papers, Office of Governors Letters view image
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PublicationPalmer, William P., ed. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 Vols. Richmond: 1875-1883. Reprinted. New York: Kraus Reprint Corp., 1968. (no image)
Document Information
Date March 3, 1792
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name James Wilkinson (primary)
Summary Based on provision devised by Gen. St. Clair, scouts and rangers to be hired at discretion of Wilkinson or Gen. Scott for protection of Kentucky frontier.
Document Format Extract of Letter
Document Notes Extract of a letter from Knox to Wilkinson, compared by John Stagg Jr.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James Wilkinson; Henry Knox; scouts; spies; rangers; General Scott; General St. Clair; President of the United States; county lieutenants; John Stagg; ;
Related Places War Department; Kentucky; frontier; county; ;
Keywords defensive protection; settlement; pay; rations; sworn; accounts; muster; power of attorney; ;
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Extract of a letter from The Secretary of War to Lt. Col. Comdr. Wilkinson
March 3rd, 1792.
Extract of a Letter from the Secretary of War, to Lieut Colo Commandant Wilkinson.
dated..."War Department March 3d, 1792"
"It has been concluded, [illegible] that General St. Clair arranged with General Scott, an adequate provision for the defensive protection of Kentucky.
If there should have been any omission or mistake upon this subject, I hereby authorize you, in the name of the President of the United States, to supply or rectify the same.
This defensive protection must be confided to you, or General Scott, or the County Lieutenants as you may judge proper, a few scouts at 5/6th of a dollar per day to each County ought to constitute the main point of the protection, aided by such a number of rangers, on the pay and rations of the troops of the United States, as shall be judged indispensible by you.
"Both scouts and rangers to be mustered before their service, and after they have finished it. The Scouts to be Sworn to the faithful performance of their duty, and to their payrolls; and each to empower the County Lieutenants, or some other person, as they shall think of it, to receive the amount. That the accounts must be certified by the County Lieutenants, and, the officers commanding the rangers must be sworn to the truth of their musters - and which must also be certified by the County Lieutenants.
It is to be understood, that each individual must sign a power of attorney to the person whom they constitute to receive their money."
Compared by
Jno Stagg Junr Chf Clk W. D.
May 16th 1792.