Request for leave of absence to make voyage to China

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Date April 8, 1796
Author Name Captain Richard Dale (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Operations in building and equipping frigate [presumably USS Chesapeake], that Dale is designated to command have been postponed, so Dale asks for leave of absence to make a voyage to China. Expects to return the following April. Understands that his pay will not continue, but would like to retain his rank in the Navy.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Captain Richard Dale; Navy; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; China; ;
Keywords frigate; USS Chesapeake; ;
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The Hon.e James McHenry Esqr
Secretary of War
Richard Dale
[illegible] 8 April
Philadelphia April 8th 1796
Sir/
As all the operations in building and equiping the Frigat that I had the honour to be appointed to Command, is stopt for the present, if there is no impropriety, I beg leave to ask for leave of absence, to make a Voyage to China. I Expect to be back in all next april -- I dont wish, nor do I expect, that my pay will go on in my absence, all I wish is to Retain my rank in the Navy --
I am Sir with much respect
Your very Hul. St.
Ri.d Dale