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February 3, 1794 Conference between Knox and Humphreys Henry Knox Joshua Humphreys Confirmation of meeting between Henry Knox and Joshua Humphreys at the War Office at any time before three o'clock 4 February 1794 if convenient to Joshua Humphreys.
July 7, 1796 Compensation of Joshua Humphreys, constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia Peter Hagner James McHenry Hagner certifies that $500 is due Joshua Humphreys, being his compensation as constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia from April through June 1796.
April 3, 1797 Compensation of Joshua Humphreys Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia William Simmons James McHenry Certification that $500 is due Joshua Humphreys, being his compensation as Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia for January through March 1797.
July 16, 1794 Appointment of Josiah Fox as a clerk in the Department of War for Joshua Humphreys Henry Knox Josiah Fox Letter appoints Josiah Fox as a clerk in the Department of War under Joshua Humphreys, who is constructing models and draughts frigates to be built in the United States. Rate of pay $500 per year.
December 1, 1794 Regarding Joshua Humphreys; woodcutters at Georgia; request for money Henry Knox William Pennock Mentions Joshua Humphreys and Norfolk. Forks for wood cutters has been provided. Treasury will furnish money if needed; forward an estimate.
September 5, 1795 Joshua Humphreys' means of furnishing pitch pine plank for frigates [not available] Tench Francis Letter from Joshua Humphreys expressing his means of furnishing pitch pine plank for frigates submitted for consideration.
January 6, 1796 Account of Joshua Humphreys, Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia William Simmons Timothy Pickering Simmons certifies that $833.33 is due Joshua Humphreys, Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia, being the balance of his compensation from May 1794 - Dec. 1795.
October 22, 1794 Recommendation for shipyard clerk Joshua Humphreys Henry Knox Shipbuilder Joshua Humphreys requests that Knox forgive him taking it upon himself to recommend William Doughty for the position of clerk in the Philadelphia shipyard. Humphreys believes Doughty to be a devoted and distinguished worker.
January 6, 1797 Compensation of Joshua Humphreys, constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia William Simmons James McHenry Certification that $500 is due Joshua Humphreys, being his compensation as Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia from October through December 1796.
October 7, 1796 Compensation of Joshua Humphreys, constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia William Simmons James McHenry Simmons certifies that $500 is due Joshua Humphreys for his compensation as constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia from July through September 1796.
April 8, 1796 Salary of Joshua Humphreys, Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia William Simmons James McHenry Simmons certifies that $505.75 is due Joshua Humphreys, Constructor of the frigate building at Philadelphia, being his salary for January though March 1796.
July 20, 1796 Cited Document Josiah Fox Joshua Humphreys CITATION only. Humphreys to Fox, 07/22/1796.
July 24, 1797 Cited letter or document, Josiah Fox to Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox Joshua Humphreys Letter, CITATION Only. Cited in Humphreys to Fox, 07/25/1797.
June 22, 1796 Cited Document Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox CITATION only. Fox to Humphreys, 07/24/1796.
June 28, 1794 Appointment of Joshua Humphreys as Constructor or Master Builder at the Port of Philadelphia Henry Knox Joshua Humphreys Knox informs Joshua Humphreys of his appointment as Constructor or Master Builder of a 44 gun frigate at the port of Philadelphia at the rate of $2000 per year. Pay retroactive in consideration of Humphreys' work adjusting models and draughts. [Frigate would become the USS United States.]
September 4, 1796 Cited letter or document, Josiah Fox to Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox Joshua Humphreys Cited in Humphreys to Fox, 09/16/1796.
October 24, 1794 Joshua Humpreys' recommendations on when to cut timber for frigates Henry Knox Tench Coxe Knox informs Coxe that Joshua Humphreys recommends months of January and February are best for cutting oak beams for frigates. This he believes will ensure the best possible chance of lasting.
May 13, 1794 Knox transmits Joshua Humphreys' estimates for timber procurement costs to Asst Secretary of Treasury Tench Coxe Henry Knox Tench Coxe Secretary of War Henry Knox forwards Joshua Humphreys' estimates of the prices of timber for building frigates to Mr. Tench Coxe.
May 12, 1794 Queries from Henry Knox to John Wharton regarding Joshua Humphreys' and Josiah Fox' estimates and proposals on frigate design Henry Knox John Wharton Asks opinion of Joshua Humphrey's and Josiah Fox's models from ship builder and designer John Wharton. He asks whether long ships require their extreme breadth as far forward as smaller ships. Where is the dead flat to be placed? He asks to contrast Humphreys' model with those of Josiah Fox, another prominent ship designer who worked for Humphreys. Knox asks whose method is best Fox or Humphreys....
January 8, 1796 Response from Joshua Humphreys on placement of deadwood [not available] George Claghorn War Office forwards letter from Joshua Humphreys informs naval constructor George Claghorn that he is to be cautious in shifting the mid ship dead wood; and not to place the butt near the station of the chain pumps. Serious consequences to safety of ship if she runs aground and injures the keel. Oakum could be drawn into the pumps.
July 24, 1794 Letter directing delivery of moulds of frigates Henry Knox Joshua Humphreys Letter from Henry Knox to Joshua Humphreys, Naval Constructor, directing Humphreys to deliver the moulds of the frigates to Norfolk; Baltimore; Boston; Portsmouth New Hampshire; New York with all possible dispatch. Knox notes that Josiah Fox is under Humphrey's direction.
April 10, 1794 Request to shipbuilder Henry Knox Joshua Humphreys Regarding ship building calculations, Secretary Knox asks that shipbuilder Joshua Humphreys estimate how many men it would require in two months to cut the frame in Georgia. Knox is likely referring the Southern Live Oak, found in Georgia.
June 22, 1794 Appointment of Joshua Humphreys Henry Knox Unknown Recipient The appointment from Secretary of War Henry Knox to Joseph Humphreys as naval constructor. Specifically, Humphreys was charged with the construction of the 44 gun frigate at Philadelphia. At this date, the U.S. had no navy yards; vessels were built in private yards.
August 5, 1794 New England Pine for ship construction Joshua Humphreys Tench Coxe Joshua Humphreys, an influential shipbuilder, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of New England pine for the use of frigate construction. Coxe is Commissioner of the Revenue.
July 25, 1797 Request that Joshua Humphreys consult on proper manner to launch frigate Constellation at Baltimore Josiah Fox Joshua Humphreys Navy constructor Josiah Fox conveys Secretary of War James McHenry request that Joshua Humphreys consult with David Stodder on safe launching of frigate Constellation at Baltimore.