Medicine at Harper's Ferry

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Date June 12, 1800
Author Name Charles Brown (primary) Location: Harper's Ferry
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Need for medicines and medical supplies at Harpers Ferry; mentions resignation of McHenry and dismissal of Pickering.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Doctor Charles Brown; Secretary of War; James McHenry; Timothy Pickering; President; John Adams; General Pinckney; superintendent; Hospital Department; infantry; artillery; surgeon; paymaster department; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Arch Street; Harper's Ferry; ;
Keywords resignation; dismissal; medicine; instruments; shop furniture; return; order; medical assistance; hospital stores; surgical instruments; damp; ;
Key Phrases informing me of the resignation of ye secretary of war & the dismissing of the secretary of State, the letter astonishes & grieves me because I believe Mr. Pickering incapable of doing wrong; President has lost much popularity by it; Pickering stands high in the mind of the people; directed me to inform the secretary of War that; not 30 dollars worth of medicine here; there are a great number of people still here & number suffering for want of medical assistance; not a single article of hospital on hand; not knowing who the secretary of war is; I have taken the liberty of troubling you with this communication; some here already add to the mass of abuse laid on government that of willfully depriving the surgeon of the means of ding good; far from believing the cause intentional; whole of the Infantry will be disbanded on Saturday next; many could be enlisted for the Artillery but they have neither money nor authority; some strange neglect in the paymaster department; no money sent on to me; pray request the secretary to attend t the above business without delay by express or other ways as our situation is certainly very disagreeable; surgical instruments are in a damp store & will be useless in a few weeks;
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