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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
June 26, 1798 Only Course of Action is War with France Henry Knox John Adams Private correspondence: Knox sees the only way to assert ourselves as an independent nation is to wage war against the unjust rulers of France.
April 1797 Draft Letter, James McHenry to Unknown Recipient James McHenry Unknown Recipient Draft letter regarding political situation with France.
April 29, 1797 Detailed Response to Several Inquiries from Adams Regarding Relations with France James McHenry John Adams Renders suggestions to the president, answering questions posed in a letter from Adams to McHenry on April 14, 1797. Subjects addressed include: when affronts from one state to another become intolerable (the possibility of war with France being particularly addressed in detail); asking France if it wishes for any special consideration which Britain currently receives from the U.S. that France...
April 1797 [Memo discussing negotiation and war with France.] James McHenry [not available] Document, memorandum advises care in negotiating with France.
December 22, 1799 Letter from Isle of France Benjamin Hodgdon Samuel Hodgdon Hodgdon departs soon for Batavia. Has sent items from France, including handkerchiefs.
September 22, 1797 Discussion of Affairs in France, Holland William Vans Murray James McHenry Requests meeting with diplomats. Refers to the political state in France. Discussion of foreign affairs. Mentions state of finances in France. Refers to late publication of Mr. Adams's work.
March 2, 1793 Changing the Form of the Debt to France Thomas Jefferson George Washington Responding to the President's inquiry regarding William Smith's application for changing the form of the debt to France, the four Cabinet members agree that the government has made payments to France consistent with prior arrangements and sees no need to respond to Smith's application.
1799 Discussion of Affairs with France James McHenry John Adams Mentions the spectacle of war as compared to a quiet submission. Speaks of affairs with France and a treaty with Great Britain.
April 18, 1793 Questions Regarding the War Between France & Great Britain George Washington Alexander Hamilton The President poses a number of questions to his cabinet and Attorney General regarding the stance of the United States with respect to the ongoing conflict between France and Great Britain. Should the U. S. declare its neutrality while still receiving a Minister from France? Are the treaties previously made with France applicable to the current situation? Etc.
April 19, 1797 Request for Advice on Trade Agreement with France James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry submitted estimates for cost and particulars related to mounting an defense force necessary for negotiation with France overseas. Requested Hamilton's advice on the proposing new trade agreement with France.
1800 France under Napoleon James McHenry Unknown Recipient McHenry discusses France under the rule of Napoleon; also cites Voltaire.
January 25, 1800 Reports Cutting Enlistments; Activity with France James McHenry Unknown Recipient Reports the recently passed bill by the House of Representatives suspending enlistments for cavalry and infantry. Refers to activities in France.
April 29, 1797 Answers to Questions Regarding Foreign Policy with France Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Admits treatment of Pinckney was insulting, but further negotiations with France were possible without harming the Nations image due to the European nation's long history of humiliating policy. Trade policy with England should be used as outline for treaty with France.
April 14, 1797 Request for Opinions on Future Negotiations with France John Adams [not available] Adams sent letter to all Head of Departments on behalf of the President regarding their opinions on: France's refusal to meet Pinckney If future diplomatic missions to France would be an insult to the American people To what extent should current peace treaty be nullified? What restitutions should be made for insult. Should new treaty be drawn up and given to the Senate for approval?
April 14, 1797 Request for Advice from Hamilton on Negotiations with France James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry requested Hamilton's opinion on the topic of negotiations with France as requested by John Adams on behalf of the President. Enclosed letter from Adams contains questions on recent insult by France's refusal to meet Pinckney and future of foreign relations.
November 25, 1797 Questions Events in France, Preservation of Government James McHenry Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Refers to previous correspondence and changing opinions. Mentions events in France and efforts to preserve their government. Expresses concern about apathy. Refers to a speech by the President.
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.
March 24, 1797 Rejection of Our Minister to France, Etc. James McHenry George Washington Letters from Pinckney in Paris have arrived. Delacroix has informed Mr. Monroe that the Directory will not receive a minister plenipotentiary until their grievances have been resolved. Pinckney will remain, however, until he receives a direct order to leave France. Congress probably should be called into session and Pinckney directed to make another effort. If he fails again, he should be sent to...
April 3, 1797 Discussion of Hostilities With France & Shipbuilding for Warships Josiah Fox Forman Cheesman Letter, alludes to Quasi War with France; asks for terms to build ships of war.
December 28, 1792 Letter to Quartermaster General Samuel Hodgdon James O'Hara The Commissary of Military Stores discusses requests for money. Expresses happiness that General Anthony Wayne and his troops are comfortably quartered. Expects army to operate early in spring. Believes that no terms will be accepted by Indians unless they are given a sound drubbing. Makes mention of events in France. Remarks with "chearfulness" at news of the French Revolution; condemns the...
May 28, 1796 Reimbursement of James Monroe, plenipotentiary to Republic of France William Simmons James McHenry Simmons certifies that $466.46 is due James Monroe, plenipotentiary to the Republic of France, to reimburse him for sundry books and mathematical instruments purchased at the direction of the Secretary of War, which sum is payable to James Madison by order of said Monroe, sums paid out of sums appropriated for War Department contingencies.
April 18, 1793 Questions Stated by the President regarding matters of France and relative to loans George Washington Alexander Hamilton Two documents: the first is a list of questions from the President to the Secretary of the Treasury regarding relations with France; the second is a memorandum of letters and documents in the possession of the President relative to loans.
December 9, 1796 Regarding frigate anchor purchased that is claimed as property of Republic of France [not available] Henry Jackson McHenry informs naval agent Jackson that that he has been informed by Consul General from the Republic of France Mr. La Combe, that an anchor purchased for frigate construction is claimed to be the property of France. To avoid any further dispute, McHenry requests that Jackson have the anchor delivered to the person it was purchased from.
April 6, 1798 Corruption of the Court of France, Etc. Samuel Hodgdon Isaac Craig Hodgdon worries that the corruption of the Court of France will lead to war with the U.S.. The Commissioners have made their report to Congress which should soon be printed.
October 24, 1797 On peace negotiations between France and Portugal Timothy Pickering James McHenry Pickering writes to McHenry on mistakes made in peace negotiations between France and Portugal, and its relation to American diplomats.