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October 19, 1797 French attitudes toward Americans during the Quasi-War Timothy Pickering James McHenry Secretary of State Timothy Pickering expresses regret to Secretary of War James McHenry that his letter was prematurely published by the Pittsburgh newspaper. Pickering then reports that a source close to him has said that because the French government has gone as far as dragging effigies of John Adams in the streets, many of the French people understand that the Americans are in the right and...
May 28, 1798 War Office orders for the pilot charged with delivery of dispatches for the Ship of War Ganges [not available] [not available] Beginning of Quasi War with France. Orders for pilot boat [presumably Garrett Holsteincamp] to seek Warship Ganges commanded by Captain Richard Dale in order to deliver dispatches. If Ganges cannot be found at Delaware Bay, go to sea and seek her out. Ganges should be found within a few leagues of shore, between Delaware Bay and Cape of Virginia. Utmost diligence required to find Ganges.
August 25, 1798 Letter from the Navy Department to the Purveyor of Public Supplies on purchase of hemp &duck and the arming of Captain Bainbridge Benjamin Stoddert Tench Francis Secretary of Navy requests expeditious delivery of guns and hemp. Warns not to let Mr. Hodgdon in time like the present, stand upon trifles or punctilis. Secretary of War has sent general orders for delivery of muskets wanted by navy. A vessel has gone to Norfolk. Warns about Captain William Bainbridge and says he should be well equipped and armed, but not extravagantly. His danger will arrive...
May 28, 1798 Letter from the War Office to Daniel Rodney, Henry Neale, and Mr Thompson requesting pilot boat to deliver dispatches to Captain Richard Dale, Commander of Warship Ganges [not available] Daniel Rodney On the date of the initiation of the Quasi War with France, the War Office requisitions a fast sailing pilot boat for relaying naval dispatches to Captain Richard Dale aboard the Ganges. If the Ganges has passed Lewis Town, Delaware, pilot boat is to remain in readiness to convey dispatches. Assure pilot liberal compensation for service. Should something happen to Captain Dale, deliver dispatches...
June 8, 1798 Pay for crew of frigate Constitution War Department James Deblois Transmits money for recruiting service and advance pay to seamen and marines on board frigate Constitution.
April 7, 1797 Diplomatic relations with the French Directory James McHenry Samuel Smith Expresses concern over the Directory's order that General Pinckney leave Paris.
April 3, 1797 Questions Proclamation, Treaty, and Embargo John Henry James McHenry Requests information about proclamation. Questions need for embargo as well as petty details of the treaty.
June 4, 1798 Articles shipped for frigate Constellation War Department Captain Thomas Truxtun Transmits list of articles shipped on board sloop Mayflower for frigate Constellation; ordered to Hampton Roads.
May 1, 1799 Appointing officers for the Provisional Army James McHenry Benjamin Goodhue Argues that it would be better to fully prepare and appoint officers for the Provisional Army now than wait until immediate danger comes.
July 24, 1799 Fortifications at Baltimore and a request for more funds Samuel Smith John Adams Congressman Samuel Smith requests more money be allotted to the erection of fortifications surrounding Baltimore than the $20,000 that Smith deems a deficient sum.
June 10, 1798 Pay for crew aboard frigate United States War Department Charles Wadsworth Money to be applied in advance towards pay of seamen and marines on board the frigate United States under Captain John Barry
April 17, 1800 Embargo on the exportation of gunpowder and firearms James McHenry Uriah Tracy Tells Senator Tracy that he believes it to be unnecessary to discontinue the embargo on the exportation of gun powder and firearms. Suggests, however, that they place a limit on the duration of the embargo.
May 25, 1798 Orders for Captain Thomas Truxtun War Department Captain Thomas Truxtun Refers to the depredations committed upon the Southern Coast and gives directions to Truxtun to prepare the Constellation for sea with as little delay as possible.
October 22, 1798 Garrison at Fort Pinckney, South Carolina Jacob Read James McHenry Among other matters, Read talks about his approach to establishing a garrison at Fort Pinckney.
September 1, 1798 Seeks Commission for Mr. King for France William Vans Murray James McHenry Seeks commission for Mr. King, who recently agreed to take Mr. Dandridge for his secretary. Briefly mentions diplomatic efforts with France. Requests that he be firm and persuasive.
October 1, 1798 Arrangment of rank for Generals in the Provisional Army George Washington James McHenry Washington determines the arrangement of rank for the Generals in the Provisional Army: Henry Knox first, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney second, and Alexander Hamilton third. Actual letter not available.
June 14, 1798 Request for money War Department Captain Thomas Truxtun Lieutenant James Triplett calls for money to discharge demands incurred at Alexandria Virginia for enlisting seamen and marines for the frigate Constellation.
December 3, 1798 Appointment as volunteer aid-de-camp to General Washington Charles Carroll James McHenry Carroll expresses his gratitude of McHenry's recommendation that he become a volunteer aid-de-camp to General Washington as soon as he enters into active service.
July 3, 1798 Lieutenant General and Commander-in-chief of the Army James McHenry George Washington Kindly urges Washington to accept the commission of Lieutenant General and Commander-in-chief of the United States Army, in preparation for possible war against France. Desires to set up an opportunity to converse about the military situation.
September 16, 1799 On the sudden changes in France James McHenry William S. Dana Mentions the sudden changes in France, the success of the Allied Powers, and an approach toward the restoration of the monarchy, and how this might change the President's strategy and induce him to suspend the mission. Stresses the necessity in avoiding conflict with Britain.
April 24, 1798 Very Few in the Country Who Favor the French David Denny James McHenry In addition to recommending Washington Carmichael for a lieutenancy in the Army, Denny assures McHenry that very few in the countryside have regard for the French during the ongoing controversy [Quasi-War].
May 5, 1798 Orders to Ready Ship Constitution Immediately James McHenry Captain Samuel Nicholson Orders to read ship to sail, enlist officers. Terms and Rates of employment specified per recently passed Act of Congress. Is to lose no time in completing, equipping and manning frigate for sea.
August 11, 1798 Enclosed Letter from General Knox James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry encloses a letter from General Knox in which Knox expresses his desire to serve in the Provisional Army but objects to being subordinate to officers who were subordinate to him in the War for Independence.
July 13, 1798 Concerning the appointment of officers for the Provisional Army James McHenry George Washington Asks Washington if it would be proper for John Adams to proceed in appointing officers for the proposed Provisional Army, which he says will consist of approximately 10,000 troops.
August 1, 1799 Completing the three arsenals and establishing a fourth Benjamin Stoddert James McHenry Stoddert suggests to McHenry that if the three United States arsenals were completed and filled with arms, a fourth arsenal - or possibly a fifth or sixth - should be established as well. This should not be done, however, before properly filling the other three with arms. Stoddert suggests that Harper's Ferry is the most important to fill first, due to its strategic location.