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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
April 16, 1793 Pay of Francisco Florida Joseph Howell Richard Harrison Howell intends to allow the pay of Francisco Florida to extend to the time of the surrender of Cornwallis. By his own admission, Florida was not in active service after that time.
June 15, 1798 Order of Operations for Provisional Army; French Forces in Florida James Ross James McHenry Speaks of order of operations in the provisional army. Mentions French forces in Florida.
June 19, 1794 Penalty levied on the Brig Florida Alexander Hamilton George Bush Letter from the Secretary of Treasury regarding a penalty levied on the Brig Florida according to the 3rd section of the Registering Act. The "act concerning the registering and recording of ships or vessels" was passed on December 31, 1792.
June 15, 1798 Strengthening the Mississippi, Etc. James Ross James McHenry Amidst a discussion of sundry matters, Ross observes that the troops on the western frontier could be easily brought together under the Provisional Army law. He speculates on the intentions of the French in Florida, the reactions of the Spaniards to French incursions, and the need to strengthen the Mississippi.
April 16, 1793 Account of Private Francisco Florida with the United States Joseph Howell Auditor of Treasury Claim of Private Francisco Florida, 1st Virginia Line. Howell notes that much of claim rests on certificate given by Colonel William Davies, who claims he saw him previous and subsequent to surrender of Cornwallis in 1778. There were a number of men recruited in Virginia. Notes that he has allowed pay to extend to the time of Cornwallis surrender; after which, from his own confession, he does...
November 24, 1795 Legal inquiry regarding incursions into Spanish territory in Florida Timothy Pickering William Rawle Some Spanish subjects, along with Americans from Georgia made expedition into Florida, took a Spanish fort, killed Spanish soldiers, stole property. Spanish government has complained. Asks questions regarding the nature of punishment; what to do about the Spanish subjects in Georgia; what instructions to give the military commander in Georgia if he finds the offenders.
June 23, 1797 James McHenry Comments on the Florida Boundary Mission of Isaac Guion James McHenry James Wilkinson McHenry comments on the mission of Capt. Isaac Guion to the U.S.-Spanish Florida border region, specifically to the Walnut Hills and Natchez. Commends Guion as a fine officer and expresses hope that he will not be hindered in his mission, as "the Spanish have no reason to fear."
January 18, 1798 Discusses Indian Affair, Travel of Agents through Creek Nation Edward Price Joseph Clay Abstract of letter from Col. Hawkins, agent of the 4 Nations south of the Ohio. Requests an official report of the Dec. 22 affair. Announces trip for James & William Yasborough, Matthew Bilbo, and Mr. Tankell from West Florida through the Creek Nation.
July 10, 1800 Letter to the Secretary at War Benjamin Hawkins Samuel Dexter Hawkins discusses the naval bombardment of the fort at St. Mark's on the Apalachee River and encloses a letter from the Spanish Governor of West Florida.
August 4, 1792 Updates on East Florida, Georgia, Recommendation of Leonard James Seagrove Henry Knox News that reinforcements have arrived. Requests employment for Mr. James Leonard.
April 18, 1794 French expedition against Spanish Florida Constant Freeman Henry Knox Constant Freeman, agent for the Department of War in Georgia, writes Secretary Knox. Discusses certain persons employed in Georgia to recruit a corps of troops for the service of France, with designs toward invasion of the Spanish Floridas. Apparently the recruiting effort is not going so well, however, and "it is generally believed, by the most sensible and orderly inhabitants of this country,...
April 11, 1796 Seeking an Office as Surveyor General Hugh Williamson James McHenry Williamson writes of his son's fever, and says that he would like to put the boys in school, somewhere near him, which he cannot do in the city due to finances. He has heard that there is to be a position as surveyor general in North Carolina, and he is hopeful that McHenry could mention to the President his interest in this position, as well as his knowledge of geometry. The surveyor is to run...
May 4, 1790 Cover letter to Secretary of War James Jackson Caleb Swan Jackson cannot give the Sec. of War information on the number of militia in "actual service", statement below is the best estimate. Roughly 1,000 militia in service from Georgia. Military used to defend the state from "Florida Banditti"and the expedition under Commodore Barclay. More details as to the militias duties while actively employed.
July 13, 1797 Further Instructions to Isaac Guion on U.S.-Spanish Florida Border Situation James McHenry Isaac Guion Encloses several letters for the edification of Capt. Guion on the ongoing diplomatic situation regarding the U.S.-Spanish Florida border region, and enjoins him to keep the peace and care for his command.
May 23, 1799 Conference with the Creek Indians Benjamin Hawkins James McHenry The Superintendent of Southern Indian Affairs reports on a conference with the Creeks, also mentioning diplomatic relations and cooperation with Spain. States that if there is to be any Indian opposition, it will come from the Seminoles in East Florida.
September 22, 1797 Information Regarding Diplomatic Situation Surrounding Enforcement of Treaty of Madrid (U.S.-Spanish Florida Border) James McHenry Isaac Guion James McHenry expresses hope that Isaac Guion has distributed annual presents to the Chickasaws; notes that Spanish officers have obstructed enforcement of the treaty in the U.S.-Spanish Florida border region, but opines that they have been doing so out of fear of a British invasion down the Mississippi. Reiterates that the President and Secretary of War have issued orders to Guion and Wilkinson...
November 1798 On the vital importance of the Floridas James McHenry [not available] Stresses the importance of the Floridas for the United States, arguing that whichever European nation holds Florida also possess the key to the Mississippi River, directly impacting inhabitants in the west. Fears that French control of Florida would require a constant military establishment in the west due to their dangerous influence over the inhabitants. Suggests that in the case of France...
September 8, 1792 Indian Agressions James Seagrove Henry Knox Discussed Spanish presence in Florida and their influence over Indians. Indians have taken up the hatchet against U.S. and are committing unjust, villainous acts. Merchants are supplying Indians with gifts to win their favor. Seagrove thought reparations and penalties should be paid by merchants. Advised more soldiers should be stationed at head of St. Mary's river.
July 22, 1799 Consideration of Creek Indians' Refusal to Allow Running of Line Between U.S. & Spanish Florida James McHenry John Adams Quotes a recent letter from General Pinckney reporting that the Creek Indians are reneging on their promise in the Treaty of Coleraine to allow the running of the boundary line between the U.S. and Spanish Florida. Pinckney believes the commotion among the Indians to be the work of a French officer in the Spanish service. Discusses the possibility of altercations with the Creeks. Forwards...
April 13, 1794 French expedition against Spanish Florida Henry Gaither Henry Knox Major Henry Gaither, commander of the federal troops in Georgia, writes the Secretary of War. Writes that the French are on an expedition against the Spanish Floridas, and have the support of the inhabitants of Georgia. There is now at anchor nearby Saint Mary's fort, a sloop of war Las Casas, of eighteen guns and two hundred French men. There is a recruiting post at Temple. The French sloop of...
May 14, 1794 Illegal invasion of Spanish Florida by General Elijah Clarke Henry Knox George Mathews General Elijah Clarke has illegally formed a military corps, under the banner of the United States, to set upon an expedition against the Spanish Floridas, a nation whom are at peace with the United States. Governor George Mathews of Georgia has already issued a proclamation against the action, but Knox believes it may be necessary to punish the actors. President Washington wants Mathews to take...
May 3, 1799 Reports Medicine and Hospital Stores Sent to Fort Massac with Directions Timothy Banger Isaac Craig Received letter about medicine and hospital stores marked Fort Massac and West Florida. The Secretary of War suggests the whole supply be sent to Fort Massac. The commanding officer there should wait for more direction from General Wilkins about what to keep there and what to send out to the various posts. Requests that he write to the commanding officer of Mississippi to inform him of the...
April 18, 1794 Recruitment of a Corps for the Service of France Constant Freeman Henry Knox Constant Freeman, agent for the War Department in Georgia, writes Secretary Knox on certain persons employed in Georgia to recruit a corps of troops for the service of France with designs toward the invasion of the Spanish Floridas.
April 26, 1799 Arrival of Hospital Stores and Medicine Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Medicines and medical stores sent by purveyor and apothecary for Fort Massac and Loftus Heights.
June 10, 1797 Letter Concerning U.S.-Spanish Interactions During Surveying of Boundary with Spanish Florida Timothy Pickering James McHenry Pickering writes McHenry about the situation concerning the boundary line being surveyed between the U.S. and Spanish Florida. Mentions Spanish governor's dissatisfaction with the conduct of the U.S. boundary commissioner, Mr. Ellicot. Concerns preparations for withdrawal by Spanish troops, and erection of U.S. works