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Discussion of Boats, Officers, & Sheet Lead for Frigates

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CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox (1763 - 1847) Letterbook Papers view image
Document Information
Date July 12, 1797
Author Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Captain Samuel Nicholson (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses request for extra boat re Frigate; discusses sheet lead for Frigates; discusses officers to man Frigates.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes The context of this letter suggests that the recipient is one of the three Frigate captains that would launch their vessels in 1797: the Frigate United States on May 10, 1797, the Frigate Constellation on September 7, 1797, and the Frigate Constitution on October 21, 1797. Prior to the date of this letter, the Frigate United States was successfully launched, and Thomas Truxton of the Frigate Constellation is mentioned in comparison to the unnamed recipient. The probable recipient of this letter by elimination is Captain Samuel Nicholson of the Frigate Consitution building at Boston, Massachusetts.
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Related Persons/Groups Captain Samuel Nicholson; Josiah Fox; Capt. Truxton; Tench Francis; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places War Office; Boston; United States; ;
Keywords Constellation; anchors; rolls; ships; ;
Key Phrases Constellation will not be launched; expect you will launch before him; want of two anchors; recommendation I expect will prevail; several sizes; officers are not yet appointed; shipped for Boston; 3 tons of sheet lead which I picked out of public stores; thickest rolls may do for the galley; wish it was somewhat thicker; state your opinion on it for the ships use in general; struggle with Mr. Francis to get it; inclosed you a copy of the military stores ordered for your ship; beg leave to inform you; agreeably to your request; applied to the Secretary of War for an extra boat for your ship; informed me cannot be granted without the like indulgence to each of the other captains; decidedly against it;

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