British troop dispositions

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Date November 11, 1784
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: Boston
Recipient Name James Monroe (primary) Location: Trenton
Summary Henry Knox sends to James Monroe a letter that discusses British troop dispositions near Canada.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James Monroe; Henry Knox; Mr. Partridge; General Haldimand; ordinance department; militia; congress;
Related Places Trenton; Boston; Fort Pitt; Canada;
Keywords ordinance; ;
Key Phrases They made an arrangement of the militias by which it will appear that after my correspondence with the British Commander in Chief in Canada...

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The honorable
Colonel Monroe
Member of Congress
[docket in margin in another hand]
Genl Knox
Boston November 11th 1784
My dear Sir
You may recollect that the hurry[?] and confusion,
at the end of the session of Congress June last, ren-
dered it impossible to obtain a proper explanation
relative to myself.
Congress directed me to disband the
troops then in service, retaining some few for West Point
and Fort Pitt, and to open a correspondence with Genl
Haldimand in Canada, respecting the posts upon the
frontiers. They made an arrangement of the militia
by which it would appear that after my correspondence
with the British Commander in chief in Canada, should
be terminated, I should have no further services to
perform. I felt then the awkwardness of my
situation, but I have more amply experienced it
since -
The heads of departments who have retired
since the peace have [indecipherable] with the approbation
[indecipherable] Generals Duportail, Lincoln & Stark.
But [indecipherable] involved with
the [indecipherable] was disbanded the 2[?] of June, tho
[indecipherable] of my retiring [indecipherable] marked
Colonel Monroe
[accession note: Ac 11,934]
that my friends and Children will have much difficulty in
determining the time I ceased to be a [indecipherable - Soldier?]. And certainly they
will be unable to find the opinion of the Sovereign expressed
upon my conduct as head of the ordnance department for
nine years. However conscious I may be of possessing good
intentions during this command, it would be improper for
me to express in what manner they have been executed. If
they have not sufficiently explained themselves, my ordeals
have been in vain. I have had some conversation with
Mr. Partridge upon this subject but with no other person -
I beg leave to rest the management of it with you and
with him.
The delicate nature of this business will
evince how deeply I am impressed with a sense of Your
honor and friendship in so unreservedly committing myself
to you - I shall be happy in receiving a line [indecipherable]
acknowledging the receipt of this letter.
I am my dear Sir
With Much respect [indecipherable]
Your Very humble
H Knox