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Letter to the next Secretary of War

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CollectionIndiana Historical Society Library: Northwest Territory Coll., M367 view image
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Date May 29, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Dexter (primary)
Summary Letter from James McHenry, former Secretary of War, to his successor. McHenry details the state of the Department and points out what needs immediate action. He discusses the state of Indian affairs, the need for a military academy, the establishment of a factory for small arms near Harper's Ferry, and other matters.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Dexter; James McHenry; Department of War; successor; Major General Hamilton; Major General Pinckney; Colonel Butler; infantry; Major Isaac Craig; sergeants; musicians; privates; Brigadier General Wilkinson; tailors; William Chancellor; Superintendent of Military Stores; North Western Indians; Chickasaw; Cherokee; Creek; Choctaw; Six Nations; President; John Adams; General George Washington; Paymaster General; contractors; officers; Congress; Artillerists and Engineers; Francis; engineer; laborers; Secretary of the Navy; Major Tousard; Newman; clerk; translator; ;
Related Places War Department; Savannah; Knoxville, Tennessee; Natchez; Loftus Heights; Mississippi River; Pittsburgh; North Western Frontier; Philadelphia; Cincinnati; Chickasaw Bluff; Tellico Block House; Fort Wilkinson; Canadaigua; Oconee River; England; Baltimore; Potomac River; Harper's Ferry; Springfield; Schuylkill River; Virginia; ;
Keywords packet; measures; directions; orders; discharge; military articles; clothing; regiments; parcels; public store; monies; pay; act of congress; military stores; tents; material; buttons; white cloth; Indian stipends; treaties; factory; amelioration; condition of the Indians; Indian trading houses; condition; medals; bronze; silver; cattle; cultivation; land; domestic manufacture; spinning; weaving; public property; suits; cannon; inspect and prove cannon; settlement; accounts; contingent expenses; extra compensation; pay and emoluments; military academy; fortifications; small arms; fabrication of arms; canal; cannon foundry; ordnance; shot; armory; experiments; laboratory; expense; military articles; military depots; French language; German language; ;
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