Regarding Military Stores Sent to Georgia, Major Brooks Affair, and Merits & Use of Foreign-Born Engineers Vs. Natives

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Date September 15, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Comments that it seems hard to please the governor of Georgia. Notes that substantial shipments of cannon, arms & ammunition have been sent to Savannah. McHenry has had them stockpiled there to be used by the militia if sudden danger should strike; the governor apparently wants them distributed now. Refers to the affair of libel by Major Brooks by saying that he has no more real knowledge of the man than Adams does. Mentions that he has sent Major Tousard to survey defenses for Newport, Rhode Island -- regrets "the recourse to other than natives" [referring to Tousard's French birth and former service], and laments a quandary of having to choose between spending money on men who are less than fully competent and foreigners who have greater experience. Does refer, with hope, to Congress' approval of teachers for the corps of artillerists & engineers, saying the prospects for producing great native engineers are improving. Concludes by expressing hope that Mrs. Adams will soon recover from her illness.
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Major Tousard; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places War Department; Georgia; Savannah; ;
Keywords shipment; cannon; arms; ammunition; stockpile; militia; danger; libel; money; men; foreigners; artillerists; engineers; illness; competence; two pounders; brass; cotton; license; ;
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