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February 2, 1799 Responding to the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions Alexander Hamilton Theodore Sedgwick Hamilton stresses the importance of securing the opinion of the people relative to the controversy over the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions. He suggests creating a committee to resolve issues regarding the constitutionality of the Alien and Sedition Acts which have been challenged by said Resolutions.
February 7, 1799 Sedgwicks's Many Concerns Theodore Sedgwick Alexander Hamilton In addition to a reference to an attempt to repeal the Alien and Sedition Acts, Sedgwick discusses the difficulties in supplying sufficient clothing to the troops in the widely dispersed Army. He mentions an encounter with John Adams in which Adams expressed his suspicion that some were attempting to diminish his authority by expanding the powers of General Washington.
December 16, 1799 Establishing an Office for Registering Aliens Jeremiah Condy Samuel Hodgdon Condy argues that Clerks of the District Court are not qualified to enforce the rules of naturalization of aliens so a special office should be established for that purpose.
May 26, 1799 Growing opposition to the Federalist Party Theodore Sedgwick James McHenry Sedgwick expresses concern of the growing opposition to the Federalist Party, spurred in part by the regular pay of officers in the Provisional Army before they performed any actual services.
May 6, 1799 Federal response to Fries's Rebellion Uriah Tracy James McHenry Tracy informs McHenry that he will soon provide a list of a selection of officers for the Provisional Army. Tracy also insists that McHenry treat the recent John Fries's Rebellion in Pennsylvania with absolute severity in order to make an example out of them. Tracy criticizes what he considers a weak response from President Adams.
August 12, 1798 Representative Hindman writes to the Secretary at War William Hindman James McHenry In this letter William Hindman, Congressman from Maryland, makes recommendations for military commissions to the Secretary at War. Hindman states that Federalist political credentials are essential for public appointments. Hindman further explains to McHenry that the Maryland militia has become tainted by "Jacobins." Hence, Hindman warns McHenry that the militia cannot be relied upon in the...
November 30, 1798 The People Appear to be Losing Their Dread of War James McHenry William Smith Generals Washington, Pinckney, and Hamilton are in Philadelphia to form a good selection of officers for the new army and assist in the arrangements connected with it. McHenry refuses to disguise Washington's opinion of the Directory's conduct. The people appear to be losing their dread of war and have opened their eyes to the policies of the French Directory. The elections in South Carolina...
July 1, 1796 Concerning army discontent and disobedience James McHenry Decius Wadsworth Discusses military obedience and alludes to the Rochefontaine-Wilson duel. McHenry argues that the army may soon become "one huge mass of discontent and sedition" and that they must work to restore harmony and "save the corps from dissolution."
June 20, 1793 Indians must refrain from acts of violence. Secretary Smith John Thompson Smith is pleased by the pacific acts of the Cherokees but warns them against hostile acts against whites, such as stealing horses or killing them, that will provoke them to commit similar acts against Indians.
November 26, 1793 Flagitious Acts Against Peaceable Indians John McKee William Blount McKee warns that if despicable acts, such as that committed recently against a peaceable Indian, go unpunished, any attempts toward a re-establishment of peace will be in vain.
July 27, 1798 Acts by Direction of the President James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Acts according to the direction of the President with the rank of Major General.
March 1798 Autograph Letter Signed [not available] [not available] Letter, describes plans of sedition; mentions elections; mentions French invasion.
September 18, 1798 Receipt Rolls of Ordnance Detachments George Fleming William Simmons Receipt rolls enclosed. Separate receipts and signature of James Barnet to be mailed due to lack of signature on original submission. Fleming made out a draught by order of the Sec. of War to be sent to Col. Revere of Boston to cast brass cannons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Fleming then collected evidences and attended the Supreme Court at Goshen after being served a writ regarding...
March 11, 1796 Treaty and Proviso with Regency of Algiers James McHenry George Washington Treaty between the US and the Regency of Algiers regarding the provision of a naval armament. Refers to previous acts and meaning of proviso about the building of frigates. Claims importance of understanding acts of Congress.
April 3, 1794 Indians on Pennsylvania frontier William Bradford Henry Knox The Attorney General converses with the Secretary of War regarding acts of the Pennsylvania legislature to resist Indians on the western frontiers, and whether or not these acts are constitutional.
November 4, 1796 Soldier's claims invalidated William Simmons William Munson Possible arrearages of pay due to soldier William Peck foreclosed by Acts of Congress invalidating all claims not presented before 26 March 1794.
June 20, 1798 Equipage for a Much Greater Number of Men Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Hodgdon discusses the additonal amount of equipage that will be needed as a result of Acts and regulations made by Congress.
November 18, 1796 Purchased claims barred from payment William Simmons William Keteltas Informs Keteltas that the claims he purchased from soldiers of the New York Line regiments are foreclosed from settlement by Acts of Limitation passed by Congress.
July 21, 1788 Regarding the dispositions of the Northern and Western Indians as stated by St. Clair Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair The dispositions of the Northern and Western Indians as stated by St. Clair will require great address in order to render them friendly to United States. Refers to Acts of Congress of 2 July. Congress will be anxious to hear of St. Clair's success.
1800 France under Napoleon James McHenry Unknown Recipient McHenry discusses France under the rule of Napoleon; also cites Voltaire.
June 19, 1792 Joseph Sharp charged by Caleb Swan Paymaster to the Army with contempt of the Commanding General to be tried by Court Martial James Wilkinson Joseph Sharp John Wade Judge Advocate, informs Joseph Sharp that he has been charged by Caleb Swan, Paymaster to the Army, with contempt of the Commanding General and is to be tried by Court Martial in the West Block House at 10 o'clock. Enclosed is a document dtd 19 June from Brigadier General Wilkerson ordering Sharp to have a chest for purpose of holding the public money entrusted to the direction of Mr...
November 15, 1793 Evidence of Sedition Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Letter from General Anthony Wayne to Secretary Knox describing evidence of sedition.
May 9, 1799 A Preference for Natives in the Military Service James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry makes the case for recruiting only those foreigners of the highest moral character. The preference is for native Americans who have an innate attachment to the United States.
January 28, 1795 Instructions on How to Make Adjustments to Claims, Liquadated and Unliquadated Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Joseph Howell Letter, reply to Accountant's letter of January 21, 1795, describes claims barred by limitation acts.
September 15, 1788 Regarding Postponement of Treaty and Professions of Peace Alexander McGillivray Richard Winn McGillivray received letter recommending postponement of treaty until spring of 1789. Says the reasons are good; hoping for a new Congress, acting on the principles of the new constitution, will set things to rights. Expected a truce proclaimed in Georgia, and can't account for delay in measure. Discusses a threatening letter written to McGillivray. Notes that his people will regulate themselves...