Investigation & Instructions in Matter of Inferior Saltpeter

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Consolidated Correspondence File, RG217 view image
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Date May 30, 1800
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Israel Whelen (primary)
Summary Discussed inferior crude salt peter purchased; asked Whelen's opinion on whether it can be refined enough to be worthwhile.
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Related Persons/Groups Israel Whelen; James McHenry; Francis; merchant; purveyor; ;
Related Places War Department; ;
Keywords salt petre; salt peter; materials; provisions; supplies; ;
Key Phrases letter; respecting some inferior salt petre which was purchased; if upon inquiry you should be able to ascertain; refined at such a rate as that the quantity of pure salt petre produced; would more than compensate the expense; I have no objection; otherwise it may as well remain as it is.
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