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Discussion & Judgment of Issues Arising from Adams' Approval of the New York Defense Plan

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
Document Information
Date October 26, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary McHenry begins a discussion of Adams' handling of the plan proposed by New York for the development of its own defenses, with Alexander Hamilton in command of its execution. Adams has asked the department heads [Cabinet] to review his actions in the matter, and see if it is necessary to reverse them. He then quotes extracts of all the relevant correspondence [which are also listed separately by their dates in this collection]. At [Image 14], McHenry presents his own opinions, considering laws which empower the president to authorize [money for?] defensive preparations by the states [without the prior approval of Congress?]. He appears to come out in favor of the president's authorization for New York to "go ahead," though warning that close observation should be leveled on the New Yorkers now spending the government's money.
Document Format Letter
Document Notes Enclosed in McHenry to Adams, 10/27/1798. [Much is illegible due to fading or handwriting].
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; President United States; Secretary of War; Alexander Hamilton; congress; New York legislature; Governor John Jay; Governor New York; ;
Related Places War Department; New York; ;
Keywords money; bank of New York; accounts; expenditures; work; s pay; ;
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