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Detailed Account of War Department Fire

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CollectionTennessee State Library and Archives: James Robertson Papers view image
Document Information
Date November 14, 1800
Author Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Isaac Craig (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Summary Mentions destruction of the War Office, fire moving to the War Department Library starting at the "back part of the chimney that belonged to the next house." Accountant was able to save some documents. All the papers, records for this office were destroyed. Mentioned peace likely abroad.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Craig to Hodgdon, 11/21/1800.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Isaac Craig; Samuel Hodgdon; Accountant; ;
Related Places Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; War Department; War Office; library; ;
Keywords chimney; papers; records; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

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PHI 14 NO [postmark]
Major Isaac Craig
D, Q, M, Genl
[undecipherable (signature)] Pittsburg
Philadelphia 14 November 1800
Sir -
I have no letter from you by this Post, which seems strange — the next Post will probably account for it — The lamentable destruction of the War Office will reach before this — perhaps you may have no particulars —
The fire is supposed to have communicated to the Library belonging to the War Department from the back part of the Chimney in the next House — All the Papers, records, &c in the Office were destroyed - The Accountant saved the Principal part of his, which were below Stairs
The Papers will detail to you what is passing both at home and abroad — Peace once more is likely to bless the World — adieu —
Your Most Obedient Servant
Samuel Hodgdon
Major Isaac Craig — Turn over —