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Defense of the Mississippi

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PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date October 29, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Pending McHenry's approval, Hamilton has authorized the erection of a fort at Loftus's Height so long as it built within the estimate of the cost provided by General Wilkinson. He does not recommend paying for boats to transport 3,000 men down the Mississippi but the vessel is ready to transport the artillery and stores.
Document Format Autograph Draft Document
Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Hamilton, 11/08/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Alexander Hamilton; General James Wilkinson; Quartermaster General; additional battalion for Georgia and Tennessee; General Pinckney; ;
Related Places New York; the Mississippi; seat of government [Philadelphia]; ;
Keywords estimates of he cost of the water battery barracks & magazine which have been undertaken at Loftus's Height; cool season; passport from the President [Adams]; boats; vessel; artillery; convoy; insurance; moderate premium; ;
Key Phrases ...the cost of the fort proposed to be erected [at Loftus's Height] will about equal the sum of these estimates, say 16,000 dollars; I have authorized [General Wilkinson] to erect the work within a limit of expense conformable to his own calculation unless previous to his departure for the Mississippi he should receive a negative from you or by your direction; enclosed is an estimate of the cost of boats for transporting down the Mississippi three thousand men; I cease to recommend the measure as one immediately to be adopted; everything is doing to ready the vessel which is to transport artillery and stores; as it is to be a convoy and it is the property of the government, it is probable the insurance my be effected at a moderate premium;

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