|Collection||Huntington Library: James McHenry Papers|
|Date||September 2, 1799|
|Author Name||Uriah Tracy (primary) Location: Smithfield|
|Recipient Name||James McHenry (primary) Location: Trenton|
|Summary||Senator Tracy expresses intense anger over John Adams' decision to send a peace commission to France, demanding that McHenry answer whether or not the rumors of such a peace commission are true. Tracy stresses how much he has sacrificed to "root out Democracy and French principles," and threatens to resign.|
|Document Format||Autograph Letter Signed|
|Content Notes||[not available]|
|Related Persons/Groups||James McHenry; Uriah Tracy; William Davie; Patrick Henry; French envoy; Ellworth; Democrats; Democratic-Republicans; John Adams; ;|
|Related Places||Trenton; Smithfield; Europe; France; ;|
|Key Phrases||"I have sacrificed as much... as any individual to support this Government and root out Democracy and French principles"; "I can and will resign, if all must be given up to France and Democrats."|
|Transcription [Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]||2 Sept 1799
Smithfield Sept 2 -- free
Honble James McHenry
Secy at War
Smithfield 2d Sept. 1799
My Dear Sir—
Is it true the Govr Davis is appointed a French Envoy in room of Patrick Henry?
Is it true that Mr. Elsworth and he are going to Europe? – I am mortified & discouraged for fee this is all true, and I shall be much obliged to your to let me know. I do not say, I will do nothing more, if they all should turn out fact – but I am really in pain for fear they will turn out so. – Do pray my Dear friend, let me know, if it be not a State secret.
I have sacrificed as much as most men or at least as much as any single man individual to support this Gov[ernmen]t and root out Democracy, & French principles, but really, Sir, I feel it to be lost and worse. What will it signify to send you on a list of Offices? – my time & property have all been devoted to my Country & still should be if any good can accrue: I will make no rash promises now; – but you may rely upon it, I will know what is about to be done before I stir another step in public business. I can & will resign, if all must be given up to France & our Democrats.
With much esteem I am
Sir your friend & humble sert
Hon[ora]ble J. McHenry