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Discussion of Military Positions to Be Offered to Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James view image
Document Information
Date June 18, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Reminds Adams of the wish of the American-born Count Rumford to return to America; forwards some correspondence with him, noting that he has applied for an appointment in the U.S. military, which, given Rumford's many skills, would be a boon for the army. Reminds Adams that there are still a lieutenant colonel's vacancy in one of the Artillerists and Engineers regiments, two independent positions for lieutenant colonel engineers which have been authorized by Congress, and an office of Inspector of Artillery, also authorized by Congress. Notes that the regimental vacancy and the Inspector position can be filled by the same man, and recommends this course, as he considers Rumford "less of an Engineer than an Artillerist." Notes that in this position he could also superintend the establishment of a military academy which has been planned.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Multiple copies of the document exist; these listed under separate collections below.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Secretary of State; Rufus King; Count Rumford; Benjamin Thompson; Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers; Inspector of Artillery; engineer; teachers; ;
Related Places War Department;
Keywords appointment; vacancy; commission; books; instruments; ;
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