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PublicationU.S. War Department. Letter from the Secretary of War to the Chairman of the Committee, Appointed on the 9th of December last [1799], on so much of the Speech of the President, as relates to A System of National Defense, Commensurate with our Refources, and the situation of our Country. (no image)
PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Military Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
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Date January 31, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Harrison Gray Otis (primary)
Summary Letter from the Sec. of War to the Chairman of the committee on national defense. Discussed the radical changes to current militia that would create a more organized and well trained standing army. Supported the formation of a standing army for superior defense of the U.S. Reference Roman military and Ceasar. Lists salaries of various officers and educators along with cost of building schools. Advised capitalizing on the current state of peace as a time to construct the necessary systems to support the nations defense.
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Document Notes Letter from the Secretary of War to the Chairman of the Committee, Appointed on the 9th of December last, on so much of the Speech of the President, as related to A System of National Defense, Commensurate with our Resources, and the situation of our Country.' Missing first page.
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Related Persons/Groups Harrison G Otis; James McHenry; Secretary of War; President; committee; chairman; Ceasar; Roman; Machiavelli; Marshal of Puisegur; servants; police; engineer; non-commissioned officers; artillerists; professor; John Foncin; B.H. Latrobe; Latrobe; architect; ;
Related Places War Department; United States; Rome; fortification; Atlantic; ocean; roads; bridges; public works; school; Europe; ;
Keywords Treatise of War; public works; ;
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