Report from the Western District

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Date January 31, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name James Wilkinson (primary)
Summary General Wilkinson gives his interpretation of the affairs of the Western District during the latter part of 1798.
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Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Hamilton, 02/04/1799, McHenry to Hamilton, 04/15/1799, and McHenry to Hamilton, 05/21/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups James Wilkinson; James McHenry; General Washington; Major General Hamilton; Major General [Charles Cotesworth] Pinckney; augmented Army; troops on the Western Frontier; Committee of Congress on Ways and Means; Agents of Leslie and Panton; settlers near Walnut Hills; Governor of the Mississippi Territory; Subaltern; boatmen; Governor of Louisiana; Governor Gayoso; major force of our troops; Indians; the President [John Adams]; a real friend; Commandant; Councils of Spain; Captain Guion; Paymaster General; Accountant of the Department of War; Governors of the Northwestern and Mississippi Territories; Superintendents of Indian Affairs; Congress; Secretary of the Treasury [Oliver Wolcott, Jr.]; Governor Sargeant; ;
Related Places War Department; the Mountains; Pittsburgh; Spanish territory; posts on the Mississippi; the Ohio; post of Natchez; White River; Chickasaw Bluffs; France; Northwestern and Mississippi Territories; ;
Keywords double appropriations; economy; convenience; welfare of the officers and soldiers; clothing; medicine; stores; transportation; proper seasons; separate boxes; claims to land; galley; excitement of jealousy; emergency; treaty; friendly connection with Spain; division of Galleys; instructions to meet every measure; boats; safety; peace; hostilities; possession of Louisiana or the Floridas; pay of the troops; provisions; ammunition; frontiers; prudence and economy; public stores; clothing; serious sufferings and complaints; appropriation; search of boats; Customs and Revenue; buildings; Court House; public office; ;
Key Phrases I trust Governor Gayoso is before this time perfectly satisfied that the movement intends nothing even eventually hostile. General Washington having declined agreeably to the conditions of his acceptance of the Command of the Armies, any immediate authority until his presence shall be required for active operations in the field.
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