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Baltimore Declines McHenry's Plan of Funding, Asks for Officer to Re-Determine Estimate for Completion of Fort McHenry

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date May 18, 1799
Author Name Robert Gilmor (primary) Location: Baltimore
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Happily agrees with McHenry that the defense of Baltimore is of interest to both the government and the Baltimoreans, relating the ways in which Baltimore has always shown its support for the federal government, and expresses a wish that no unnecessary expense be paid for Baltimore's defense. Declines McHenry's proposal that the committee undertake Mr. Foncin's plan of defense with $10,000 more from the U.S., on the grounds that the committee is not familiar enough with military science to judge whether that will be enough. Asks that the government send officers to determine another estimate, as the committee does not feel qualified to do so.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Enclosed in McHenry to Adams, 08/19/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Robert Gilmor; chairman naval committee; Secretary of War; Jean Foncin; officers; federal government; Major Tousard; ;
Related Places Maryland; Baltimore;
Keywords proposal; fortifications; works; trade; pay; public; ;
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