Reasons for Resignation

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James view image
PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. [http://founders.archives.gov/about/Hamilton] (no image)
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Date May 20, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name John McHenry (primary)
Summary A copy of McHenry's letter to his nephew sent to Hamilton which explains in detail his resignation as Secretary of War. In essence, President Adams forced his entire cabinet to resign believing them disloyal in an election year and not supportive of the mission to France.
Document Format Autograph Draft Letter
Document Notes Enclosed in McHenry to Hamilton, 5/20/1800. Cited in Hamilton to McHenry, 05/22/1800. Syrett listed this document in the Appendix to Vol. 24; published in The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, volume XXIV, 507-512.
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; James McHenry; John McHenry Jr; President; Vice President; cabinet; Oliver Wolcott; Timothy Pickering; Benjamin Stoddert; Charles Lee; Congress; purveyor; Charles Coteworth Pinckney; General Washington; Henry Knox; John Marshall; Samuel Dexter; Harper; Judge Ellsworth; Governor Davie; Mr. Murray; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; New York; South Carolina; Georgetown; France; England; North Carolina; Baltimore; ;
Keywords resignation; antifederal ticket; war; friendship; principles; news; election; appointed; newspaper; legal studies; ;
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