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Discussion of Raising a Company of Troops

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CollectionRhode Island Historical Society: Jeremiah Olney Papers view image
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Date May 5, 1791
Author Name Jeremiah Olney (primary) Location: Providence
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses company to be raised.
Document Format Letter, Type Undetermined
Document Notes Cited in Olney to Knox, 05/15/1791.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; James Olney; Captain Sweet; Captain Sayles; Bruce; contractor; artillery company; ;
Related Places Providence; West Point; Newport; ;
Keywords clothing; command; recommendation; recruiting; military stores; brass field pieces; ;
Key Phrases request your determination as to the two brass field pieces in possession of the artillery company in this town; hope you will find it consistent with the public arrangements to grant the request I then mae; pieces remain with the company subject to your further orders; with pleasure urge their exertions in recruiting as well as in other matters that may have a tendency to promote the public interests; is it your intention to have the rest of the military stores in this state forwarded to West Point; rather indecisive with respect to his commanding the company; trust the matter is now fixed; recommended a deserving character to fill that appointment and I hope he will meet your favourable support; ensign of the company is industrious and is now recruiting; honored with your letter; as soon as the clothing arrives the contrctor will immediately forward them;
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To Secretary of War5th May 1791
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Providence 5th May 1791
Sir
I have been honor'd with your letter of 25th Ulto as soon as the Cloathing arrives the Contractor will immediately forward them to Mr. Bruce as you Direct--
It is true Capt Sayles has been rather indecisive with Respect to his Commanding the Company--but I trust the matter is now fixed as I wrote you 25th Ulto
on this Subject & Recommended a Deserving Character to fill that appointment--and I hope he will meet your favourable support,
The Ensign of the Company is Industrious and is now Recruiting at Newport, he has inlisted six & I hear the Lieut has about that number-- I shall with pleasure Urge their Exertions in Recruiting as well as in other matters that may have a Tendency to promote the public Interest--
is it your Intention to have the Remainder of the Millitary Stores In this state, forwarded to West Point, if so I will call on Capt. [undecipherable] to take them-- I have to Request your Determination as to the Two Brass Field Pieces in possession of the Artillery Company in this Town. I had the honor to write you on this the 5 Novr last on this Subject & I hope you will find it Consistant with the Public Interest arrangements to grant the Request I then made, that those Pieces Remain with the Company subject to your Future orders--
I have the Honor to beSir Your Most Obed. Humb. SertJereh Olney
H. Knox EsqrSecretary at War