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The People Appear to be Losing Their Dread of War

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionSouth Caroliniana Collection: William Loughton Smith Papers view image
CollectionSouth Caroliniana Collection: William Loughton Smith Papers (no image)
CollectionMaryland Historical Society: Special Collections, McHenry Collection. (no image)
Document Information
Date November 30, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name William Smith (primary)
Summary Generals Washington, Pinckney, and Hamilton are in Philadelphia to form a good selection of officers for the new army and assist in the arrangements connected with it. McHenry refuses to disguise Washington's opinion of the Directory's conduct. The people appear to be losing their dread of war and have opened their eyes to the policies of the French Directory. The elections in South Carolina appear favorable to the Federal cause. Several counties in Virginia and Kentucky have been thrown into violent convulsions. There are some who believe that an army on paper may be enough to influence France to negotiate an honorable treaty.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Partially illegible.
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Related Persons/Groups William Smith; James McHenry; George Washington; Alexander Hamilton; Mr. Waln; General Pinckney; Mrs. Pinckney; Miss Pinckney; John Adams; Congress; French Directory; Abraham Baldwin; James Jones; John Millige; John Milledge; Benjamin Taliaferro; leaders of opposition; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Virginia; Kentucky; South Carolina; Lisbon; Georgia; ;
Keywords elections; war; opinion; treaty; selection of officers; speech as the Aurora; alien and sedition acts; violent convulsions; policy of being prepared to avail ourselves of events; treaty with France; ;
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