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Report for Congress on Military Matters, Emphasizing Foreign Relations

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Date October 29, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Trenton
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary As requested, details military matters pertinent to lay before the next session of Congress. Believes the country to generally be in a fine state of health, including peace with the Indians, notwithstanding certain attentions of belligerent nations and diseases in American cities. Dismisses the now-suppressed revolt of Pennsylvanians as the work of a few disgruntled individuals misleading "honest and orderly citizens;" spends more time praising the patriotic spirit of the militia who responded to quell the revolt. Reports disagreements among the board of commissioners convened at Philadelphia to resolve treaty issues with Great Britain; asks that the president seek to continue good relations with Britain, as the British king desires the same. Notes that the military situation of Europe is precarious, with [France] still belligerent and hostile to U.S. shipping, and recommends that U.S. military preparedness not be relaxed. Notes that new treaty commissioners are being sent to France via the frigate United States. Notes that Adams has ordered the embargo against France suspended in relation to its colony of St. Domingo [Haiti], and the ongoing running of the boundary line between the U.S. and Spanish Florida.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; President of the United States; Secretary of War; Congress; Indians; husbandmen; King of Great Britain; Board of Commissioners; His Britannic Majesty; Judge Elsworth; Governor Davis; Murray; ;
Related Places Trenton; Philadelphia; London; Europe; France; Paris; St. Domingo; Mississippi Territory; Spain; ;
Keywords taxation; defense; insurrection; treaty; nomination; appointment; restraints and prohibitions; ;
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