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Regarding Issue of Relative Rank Between Washington, Knox, Pinckney & Hamilton

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date August 29, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Weighs the idea of presenting the names of the general officers of the army (Washington, Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton) to Congress, specifically the idea of changing their relative order of rank. McHenry protests that their relative rank came from Washington, and he had no control over it. These men were asked for by Washington; a condition of his acceptance of army command was the right to choose general officers and staff. McHenry mentions his reluctance to challenge Washington on the relative rank issue. Asks Adams frankly whether it is wise to continue an attempt to change the relative rank of the men. Informs Adams that he and his eldest child are quite ill.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; George Washington; Pinckney; Hamilton; congress; Secretary of War; general officers; staff; President Adams; ;
Related Places War Department; ;
Keywords officer rank; command; ;
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