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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
September 1, 1797 Approval of Correspondence with Wilkinson John Adams James McHenry John Adams approves James McHenry's correspondence to General Wilkinson.
August 14, 1798 Regarding General Washington, Ranking of General Officers, & Readiness of New England to Provide Troops John Adams James McHenry Asks that McHenry inform George Washington that he is considered fully in the public service, may appoint aides and secretaries as he sees fit, and may draw upon pay and rations. Asks that General Knox be called into service if Washington believes it proper to do so. Considers whom shall rank whom among general officers, the order being Washington, Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton. Authorizes...
August 14, 1798 Questions of rank in the Provisional Army John Adams James McHenry Adams weighs in on Knox's complaint of the ranking of Major Generals for the Provisional Army, arguing that Knox should indeed rank next to Washington, with Pinckney and Hamilton below him. Until questions of rank are settled, Adams is of the opinion that no other general officers should be called into service. Also reaffirms Washington's right to appoint all his aids and secretaries.
August 15, 1798 Discusses Public Service, Rank of Washington, Knox, and Pinckney John Adams James McHenry Refers to the public service of Washington, and promises the assistance of a secretary. Compares rank of Knox and Washington.
August 15, 1798 Forwarding of Response to Address from Warrenton, Virginia John Adams James McHenry Adams forwards an address from people at Warrenton, Virginia [perhaps a militia unit, the Whites and Greens], as well as his response; asks that McHenry add his own response and transmit all to Warrenton [the enclosures are not included].
August 15, 1798 Letter of Gratitude & Reassurance to Militia of Rensselaer County, New York John Adams Officers & Soldiers of a Militia Regiment of Rensselaer County, New York Thanks a group of New York militiamen for their praise; assures them that he has the safety and interests of the country as his first priority. Thanks their county, Rensselaer, for its wholehearted commitment to the government. Mentions undue attachment to France.
August 15, 1798 Forwarding of Response to Address from Rensselaer County, New York Militia, & Request for Clarification John Adams James McHenry Forwards an address from the Rensselaer County, New York militia, as well as his response to them. Seems to have found their address unclear; asks McHenry if he can discern whether the militia meant to offer themselves as a volunteer corps. If that is the case, Adams, directs McHenry to send them an appropriate official response.
August 18, 1798 Correspondence on Military Matters and Artillery Officers John Adams James McHenry President Adams addresses McHenry on some "very unpleasant information" coming from Benjamin Brooks, one of the majors of a new artillerist corps. Adams appoints his personal friend James Lovell as captain of artillery in the place of a Captain Mitchell.
August 20, 1798 Comments on Negotiations with Cherokee; Root of Problem with Indians Reluctant to Sell Land John Adams James McHenry Acknowledges receipt of McHenry's letters concerning treaty negotiations with the Cherokee. He confirms the commission of Col. Butler as an Indian commissioner, and comments on the root of the problem: "The Indians have been taught to misunderstand the advice against selling their land to individuals, for advice against selling to the United States."
August 21, 1798 Return of [Cherokee Indian] Talk John Adams James McHenry Returns duplicate of "talk" [presumably a missive to be sent to the Cherokee, which had earlier been sent to Adams for approval]. Congratulates McHenry upon his recovery from illness.
August 23, 1798 Forwarding Correspondence of Men Lobbying for Officer's Commissions John Adams James McHenry Forwards the letters of a dozen individuals who have applied for positions as officers in the expanded army, that McHenry may have them on file.
August 24, 1798 Request for Acceptance of Militiamen into Federal Service, & Commissioning of Officers John Adams James McHenry Encloses a letter [not included] from the commander of a militia company, under the name "Newbury Port Federal Volunteers," offering its services to the government. Adams asks McHenry to send them an acceptance letter, as well as commissions for its officers.
August 28, 1798 Request for Response to Letter Concerning National Defense John Adams James McHenry Forwards a letter of application [type undetermined] from Governor John Henry of Maryland, asking that McHenry respond to it in the manner determined by the laws for national defense.
August 29, 1798 Outrage at Intrigue Surrounding Relative Rank of Generals; Assumption of Responsibility for Issue by President Adams John Adams James McHenry Adams states that he cannot share McHenry's stated sentiments on relative rank to General Knox, as he cannot agree with them. Affirms his belief that the law dictates that rank between officers commissioned on the same day should be determined based on prior service. Says that he made the nominations based on the list Washington sent him, and had hoped that rank would be worked out between the...
August 29, 1798 Concerning the rank of Major-Generals in the Provisional Army John Adams James McHenry Firmly insists upon the order of rank for Major General of the Provisional Army to be Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton, in accordance to their experience. Expresses deep respect for Washington, but states that the power and authority are in the President and reminds McHenry that he is the President.
September 3, 1798 Officer Recommendation & Letter Concerning Defense of Georgia John Adams James McHenry Asks that Philip Church of New York be added to the list of new captains of infantry, and forwards a letter concerning the defense of Georgia, from Governor Jackson of that state. Adams asks McHenry to answer the latter.
September 4, 1798 Appointment of Officers John Adams James McHenry Letter, discusses appointment of officers.
September 4, 1798 Appointments and Military Business John Adams James McHenry No news from the Secretary of State. Adams discusses Hamilton's recommendation for Inspector of Artillery and other matters of appointments and the management of the army.
September 4, 1798 Discussion of Officer Appointments John Adams James McHenry Discusses the appointment of a man suggested by General Hamilton as a candidate for Inspector of Artillery. Adams also comments on the nomination of a Major Brooks to an officer's post in the army, saying he will never sign his commission until he receives explanation for terrible insults Brooks has supposedly pronounced. Says he has been convinced by McHenry's reasoning to alter the assignment...
September 5, 1798 Letters of Recommendation Enclosed John Adams James McHenry Adams forwards letters of recommendation for commissions in the Army.
September 11, 1798 Forwarding of Recommendations for Army Appointments John Adams James McHenry Adams forwards letters recommending various individuals for appointment to the army.
September 13, 1798 Order of Commissions John Adams James McHenry Adams felt that McHenry believed the unanimous opinion of the public and the Federalists was that Hamilton should be appointed first. Adams negated this sentiment as false, noting that McHenry brought this opinion to Washington too forcibly, thus causing him to give the first commission to Knox.
September 13, 1798 Addressing McHenry's Place in the Hamilton Relative Rank Intrigues John Adams James McHenry Authorizes the commissioning of generals of the army in the order of Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton, and asks McHenry to call Knox and Hamilton into service whenever he deems fit. Answers McHenry's demand for explanation of an implication of McHenry in the relative rank intrigues by saying that he believes McHenry has always dealt with him candidly, but that he perhaps influenced Washington into...
September 13, 1798 Discussion of Appointments of Brooks and North John Adams James McHenry Returns blank commissions. Speaks disparagingly of Major Brooks's appointment. Defers to McHenry and Stoddart to make decision as he considers Brooks a total stranger. Discusses appointment of General North. Requests attention to troops of North Carolina.
September 14, 1798 Applications & Recommendation for Officer & Chaplain Appointments John Adams James McHenry Adams encloses applications for officer appointments for McHenry's consideration, as well as a recommendation for the appointment of a chaplain.