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Appointment as Captain; Immediate Instructions to Set Sail

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Sec Navy Ltrs Sent to Officers, RG 45 view image
CollectionPrinted Version only (no image)
PublicationUnited States Office of Naval Records and Library [Dudley Knox]. Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France: Naval Operations from February 1797 to December 1801. 7 Vols. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1935-1938. (no image)
Document Information
Date June 15, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Captain Stephen Decatur (primary)
Summary Reports purchase of ship Delaware (now Hamburgh Packet). Issues presidential appointment as captain of the ship and requests immediate activity, to be equipped for three months. Requests appointment of staff and lists salary. Requests physical examination to ensure sound health. Seeks information about rendezvous and outlines responsibilities. Outlines process to obtain military stores.
Document Format Letterbook
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Related Persons/Groups Captain Stephen Decatur; James McHenry; John Adams; Lieutenant; Surgeon; Purser; Sailing Master; Midshipmen; Boatswain; Gunner; Carpenter; Sailmaker; Privates; Corporals; Musicians; Marines; Navy; paymaster; purser; recruiting service; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Ship Delaware; Hamburgh Packet; places of rendezvous; ;
Keywords pay; desertion; money; vouchers; expenditure; muster; payrolls; military stores; ammunitions; cannon; tackle; apparel; articles of equipment; warlike stores; muster roll; provisions; inventory; receipts; ;
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