Representative Hindman writes to the Secretary at War

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Date August 12, 1798
Author Name William Hindman (primary)
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary In this letter William Hindman, Congressman from Maryland, makes recommendations for military commissions to the Secretary at War. Hindman states that Federalist political credentials are essential for public appointments. Hindman further explains to McHenry that the Maryland militia has become tainted by "Jacobins." Hence, Hindman warns McHenry that the militia cannot be relied upon in the event of war with France. Hindman also discusses the unpopularity of the Alien and Sedition Acts among his constituents.
Document Format Letterbook
Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Washington, 11/14/1798.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; William Hindman; William Swan; Doctor Coates; Colonel Nicols; Francis Willson; William Smith; Thomas Smith; Mr. Perry; Joshua Seney; Jacobins; Colonel Howard; Mr. Hammond; David Stoddert; General Smith; Colonel Perry Benson; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; William Hayward; Samuel Wright; Tories; Senate; France; ;
Related Places Talbot County; Easton; Philadelphia; Kent County; Bellfield; Baltimore; ;
Keywords The Sedition Bill; The Gag Law; Baltimore Papers; commission; fan; wedding; election; newspapers; war; federalism; ;
Key Phrases "He is very Federal, which in my estimation is essential." "Be assured my good friend that none but decidedly Federalist men ought to be appointed to office in the present critical and alarming state of our affairs: I would ask if a Tory during our Revolutionary War had applied for office, whether his application would not have been rejected with contempt, and pray are the Jacobins of this day better friends to our government than the tories were to our independence. They certainly are not. The inference I leave to you.

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