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Concerning Seeking Out Officers for the Provisional Army

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James view image
CollectionClements Library: James McHenry Papers (no image)
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Document Information
Date May 19, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary)
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Suggests that to have solicited men to offer themselves to fill offices in the Provisional Army, the United States would sent a message to Europe that a potential war with France was unpopular, forcing the government to pursue extraordinary means to fill positions. Suggests that such an invitation may have brought in officers with "adverse political principles." This is why, instead, McHenry has been pursuing recommendations from trusted individuals.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Washington to McHenry, 06/06/1799. Partially illegible.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups George Washington; James McHenry; officers; [Democratic-Republicans]; [partisans]; President; regiments; candidates; Directory; Lamay; French; colonel;
Related Places Mount Vernon; France; district; county; South Carolina;
Keywords Employment; pay; service; church;
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