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Credentials of Mr. Macharg

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CollectionPierpont Morgan Library: Gilder Lehrman Collection view image
PublicationAutograph Letters of Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Harrison, and of Hamilton, Lafayette, Chase, Carroll of Carrollton, Thomas and C. C. Pickney, W. Pinkney, Paine, Wayne, Pickering, Wolcott, Lee, [and] Rush. To be sold in Baltimore, On Thursday, Dec. 15th, at 11 o'clock, A. M. [Baltimore]: Gibson & Co., Auctioneers, 1859. (no image)
Document Information
Date July 30, 1798
Author Name George Washington (primary) Location: Mount Vernon
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Discusses applicant to War Department; encloses Macharg application.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; George Washington; Macharg; Secretary of War; cavalry; ;
Related Places Mount Vernon; Virginia; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords training; testimonial; application; ;
Key Phrases employed very advantageously in training that part of our force; application to the war department must be accompanied by ample testimonies, not only of his skill in the business he professes but to his character in all other respects; useless to apply; writer of the enclosed letter, in name and character is a total stranger to me; law establishing the cavalry;
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30 July 1798
G.Washington

The Secretary of War
in
Philadelphia
Mount Vernon 30 July 1798.
Dear Sir,
The writer of the enclosed letter, in name and character, is an entire stranger to me;-nor do I know whether by the Law establishing the Cavalry any provision is made, under which such a person could be employed-tho' certain it is, if Mr. Macharg understand, what he professes to be master of, he might be employed very advantageously in training that part of our force.-
I have wrote him to this effect;-adding, that as he is a stranger, his application to the War Office must be accompanied by ample testimonials, not only of his skill in the business he professes, but to his character in all other respects-with which, and my letter to him, he would come properly before you;- and without which, I conceived it wd be useless to apply. I am-Dear Sir-Yr Obed
GWashington
Secretary of War.