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Recommendation of Josiah Fox as Assistant Naval Constructor

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Document Information
Date May 14, 1795
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name William Pennock (primary)
Summary Letter, recommends Fox as assistant constructor; mentions Navy Department.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups William Pennock; Timothy Pickering; Morgan; Humphreys; Josiah Fox; assistant constructor; ;
Related Places War Office; Virginia; United States; Navy Department; ;
Keywords draughts; models; timbers; frigates; ship; moulds; ;
Key Phrases assistant constructor; direct with certainty the application of the draughts and models in fashioning all the timbers and building the ship; destined to construct the frigate to be built in Virginia; beg leave to recommend him to your attention; absence; handsomely spoken of; few men in this country equally qualified in this line; good character and professional skill render him a valuable acquisition to the United States; barer hereof; employed in the Navy Department in this city assisting Mr. Humphreys the constructor in making the moulds and draughts for the frigates;
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[James McHenry]

Secy of War

No 4


War Office May 14th 1795

Sir

The Bearer hereof is Mr Josiah Fox who for near a year
past has been employed in the Navy Department in this City assisting
Mr Humphreys the Constructor in making the Draughts & Moulds
for the Frigates. He is handsomely Spoken of by Mr. Humphreys who
thinks there are few Men in this Country equally qualifyed in this
line Mr Fox's good Character & professional skill render
him a Valuable Acquisition to the United States & beg leave to
to recommend him to your Attention

The absence of Mr Morgan, who was
destined to Construct the Frigate to be built in Virginia has induced me
to send Mr Fox there as an Assistant Constructor, & who will be able
to direct with Certainty the application of the Draughts and Moulds
in fashioning all the Timbers and Building the ship

I am Sir respectfully

Yr most Obt Servt.

Timothy Pickering


Mr. Wm Pennock
Copy

War Office May 14th 1795

Sir

The Bearer hereof is Mr Josiah Fox who for near a year
past has been employed in the Navy Department in this City assisting
Mr Humphreys the Constructor in making the Draughts & Moulds
for the Frigates. He is handsomely Spoken of by Mr. Humphreys who
thinks there are few Men in this Country equally qualified in this
line Mr Fox's good Character & professional skill render
him a Valuable Acquisition to the United States & I beg leave to
to recommend him to your Attention

The absence of Mr Morgan who was destined
to Construct the Frigate to be built in Virginia has induced me to send Mr Fox
there as an Assistant Constructor, & who will be able to direct with
Certainty the application of the Draughts and Moulds in fashioning
all the Timbers and Building the ship

I am Sir most respectfully

Your most Obedient Servt.

Timothy Pickering


Mr. Wm Pennock