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Discussion of Materials for Frigate Construction, Referring to Frigate Constellation at Baltimore

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CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox Papers view image
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Document Information
Date January 4, 1796
Author Name Captain Thomas Truxtun (primary) Location: Baltimore
Recipient Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Truxton and others at the navy yard in Baltimore responded to the report of the Marine Committee of the US House by sending lists of materials needed for the construction of one 44 gun and one 36 gun frigate. Discusses Fox's complaints about Hodgdon not submitting accounts to the war office. Believes that his white oak will be better than that from New Hampshire. Hopes that the quality of the oak, combined with the readiness of the Baltimore yard, will mean that the frigates will be built in Baltimore and not New Hampshire.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Josiah Fox; Captain Thomas Truxtun; clerk of the yard; constructor; agent; marine committee; House of Representatives; Secretary of War; Timothy Pickering; purveyor of public supplies; Secretary of State; Samuel Hodgdon; General Henry Knox; Garrison; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; War Office; Baltimore; New Hamshire; New Hampshire; Georgia; ;
Keywords report; building; frigates; 44 gun frigate; 36 gun frigate; statement of the materials received; public supplies; abstract of a letter; accounts; return; complaint; white oak timber; materials; vessel; ;
Key Phrases sufficient inducement to build this ship in preference to that at New Hampshire; copies to the war office may be dispensed with; acquainted with the original instructions to the clerk of the yard issued by Gen. Knox; we are in a greater state of forwardness here than elsewhere; addressed the Secy of State last post and enclosed a letter from the Clerk of the yard with an extract of a letter from Mr. Hodgdon; anticipated what the report of the marine committee of the House of Representatives of the United States have determined;

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