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Acceptance of Appointment as Frigate Superintendent of Construction; Questions Pertaining to This Duty

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Document Information
Date January 2, 1797
Author Name Captain Thomas Thompson (primary) Location: Portsmouth
Recipient Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: War Office, Philadelphia
Summary Letter, accepts appointment to superintend Frigate; discusses pay of public servants; describes price of materials for Frigate; asks for information re sails.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Josiah Fox; Thomas Thompson; [James] Hackett; ;
Related Places War Office, Philadelphia; Portsmouth; ;
Keywords frigates; sails; ;
Key Phrases dollars; sailmakers; including roping and fixing; lower yards; yard arm or top sail sheat blocks; topsail; halyard; expect to derive much assistance and advantage from your situation and Knowledge; friendship; compensation from the public for your unremitted attention and industry to the business; instructions from the secretary of war; price of cordage here; enter on the requisite duties today; communications and directions on the several heads you will please to be as explicit as possible; full and complete knowledge of the whole business local official and professional; wrote him by the last post; compensation is small but as every one in public service is paid with great economy I must also conform; received your favour; communicating its proposals from the secretary of war for superintending the frigate which I accept;
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