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Wayne notifies Knox of refusal to accept appointment

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Date April 1, 1792
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, advises refusal of subaltern appointment.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; ;
Keywords orders and advice of the president; committing my military character to the fortuitous events of the war; giving up peace and ease; relinquishing certain pleasing prospects in the civil line; thanks for the friendly part you have taken; ready to serve him with my life and best services; seriously and maturely cosidered the confidential and friendly communication; entertain the most greatful and lively sense of the favourable opinion the president is pleased to express of my military abilities; kind intention in my favor; wanting in duty; great and good man; accept an appointment in which its more than probable I should be restrained from rendering that service to my country; subaltern station; ;
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Philadelphia April 1 1792

Dear Sir

I have seriously & maturely considered the confidential (partially underlined) and friendly communication with which you honor's me yesterday_ and entertain the most greatful & lively sense of the favorable opinion the President (partially underlined) is pleased to exprefs of my military abilities_and of his very kind intention in my favour;
But shou'd be wanting in duty_not only to that great and good man_but to myself was to accept of an appointment in which its more than probable shou'd be restrained from rendering that service to my Country_in a subaltern station_that my experience might otherwise afford, if subject only, to the orders and advice of the President (partilly underlined) and yourself.
I can not therefore think of committing my military character (which is dearer to me than life) to the fortuitous events of the War_which I can not direct and shou'd it be crowned with sucefs_undecipherable & honour will belong to an other_which

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have in the disgrace, after giving it peace and ease_and relinguishing certain pleasing prospects in the Civil (underlined) line to which I am invited by my fellow Citizens

Be pleased to accept of my sincere thanks for the friendly part you have taken_and afsure the Pesident that I shall always be ready to serve him with my life and best services in a situation which I cou'd win, and except them to the best advantage & with effect
I have the honor to be with every sentiment of Esteem Sir
Your most Obet
& every
Humblest
Anty Wayne


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