George Washington Manuscript Letter Signed To Henry Knox

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MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON TO HENRY KNOX, REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF ONE MR. GARANGER AS A TEACHER AT WEST POINT.

Manuscript letter signed “Go: Washington”, [N.p. Oct. 21, 1780], to Gen. Henry Knox,  concerning the appointment of Louis Garanger to the artillery training school which Knox was running for the Continental Army. This school was the precursor to the military academy later founded at West Point. In the present letter, which is written in a secretarial hand but signed by Washington, and lacking the first nine words of text, Washington writes to Knox:

[Dr Sir – I have received your letter respecting Mr] Garanger. From the school in which he has been taught, it is probable he possesses a knowledge of artillery which may render him very useful. Experiment will best decide his knowledge of the practice and it will be the best ground upon which to recommend him to Congress. I request you therefore to send him to West Point to make the experiment by throwing a sufficient number of shells to make it complete, under your own eye, or under the eye of the officers on whom you can depend. The sooner this is done, the better; and we shall then know whether we ought to recommend Mr Garanger or not. I am Dr Sir Yr Obed. Serv. Go. Washington.

P.S. I will write to General Heath to give his permission when you apply to him.

Garanger, a Frenchman and captain of the Bombardiers in the French Army, sought to utilize his skills and knowledge in the American cause. Correspondence in the Washington papers dated April 27, 1781 shows that despite being granted a captaincy in the Continental Army, Garanger never was able to find opportunity to employ his skills as a bombardier and sought a return to France. The full text is supplied from Washington’s copy book at the Library of Congress. The Washington Papers Project did not locate this original.

Folio. Lacking top portion of sheet, affecting approximately nine words of text and the date. Old fold lines; minor loss at folds and edges, repaired. Silked.