Concerning the renting of houses for public officials

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Date May 29, 1800
Author Name Benjamin Stoddert (primary) Location: Navy Department
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Stoddert is preparing to leave his office in Philadelphia for the summer and is arranging to pay $200 out of public expenses for renting a house elsewhere.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Benjamin Stoddert; Lee; Mr. French; ;
Related Places Navy Department; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords Rent; office; house; ;
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Navy Department
Secretary of War
Ben Stoddart
29 May 1800
Secy of the Navy
[illegible] proposes I should pay 200 to Mr French at Public expense.
Navy Dept. 29 May 1800
Dr Sir
I must have my office in the City - I have indeed taken steps for that purpose. I should suppose Genl [& Mrs?] Lee would be glad to take the House of Mr. French - perhaps not to pay so high a rent. The best way [to set?] clear of this business will probably be, to pay 200 Drs at Public expense & to offer the House to Mrs. Lee for the remainder. He will probably be at the City, soon after the 1st Jun.
I am [illegible] Ben Stoddert
Jas McHenry.