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Election of President, Craig's Retirement

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CollectionTennessee State Library and Archives: James Robertson Papers view image
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Date March 6, 1801
Author Name Isaac Craig (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Wilkinson left Pittsburgh for the "seat of Government" at the beginning of the month, mentioned that gossip believed he would become Secretary of War while retaining his rank in the army. Mentioned General promised to advocate for Craig's claim of reimbursement for his services in the Ordnance Dept. Craig does not have faith the claim will be pursued, so he requested Hodgdon assist him. Craig believes he will have to retire.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Isaac Craig; Wilkinson; General; clerk; President; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; seat of Government; ;
Keywords warrant; pay; claim; bill of exchange; ;
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To Samuel Hodgdon Esquire Philadelphia
Superintendant of Stores
Pittsburg 6 March 1801
You letter of the 27th [undecipherable] is this moment come to hand - General Wilkinson set off for the Seat of Government the first of this month - Since his departure it is said here, that he is to be Secretary of War retaining his rank in the Amry - In a former letter I mentioned to you that the General had promised to advocate my claim of compensation in Ordnance department [undecipherable]. I however can place but little confidence in that promise - and therefore have to review my request that you continue your [undecipherable] in that business -
The Q.M.Gen had in the course of last year made so many Innovations in the department at this post, that my situation is become very disagreeable indeed, should he be continued QrMrGeneral, I see I must retire - he refuses to pay the hire of a clerk in my Office, unless on such conditions as will preclude me from any compensation for Services in Ordnance and Clothing departments - I applied to the General on this business who gave a Warrant on the Clerk's Acct, but on the Qr.Mr.General's objecting to the charge coming against his department - The General withdrew his Warrant - I am therefore now doing business without certainty of any compensation
[undecipherable] Clerk [undecipherable] Office rent will amount to all my pay and perhaps more - The QMGeneral assigns as [undecipherable] for that part of his conduct,that on his
estimate for this post he has taken into view only one clerk at this post and that once employed in his own Office - But I have weighty reason to believe that [undecipherable] is not his real motive for treating me in this manner - It is said that I stand rather in the way of some of this creatures -
I shall be glad to hear of the War department being once more organized - it is probable I may then have my case taken into consideration
I am Ic IC
P.S. Please to once more turn back to my letter of the 29 Augt last and inform me what has been done, in the cases of the Bill of Exchange, in which [undecipherable] [undecipherable] [undecipherable] were concerned. I.C.