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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
January 4, 1790 Williams writes Knox from London Jonathan Williams Henry Knox Jonathan William writes Henry Knox from London to discuss the French Revolution. William believes the the French Revolution is a just war for freedom which continues the American tradition of liberty, linking events in France to the American Revolution. He also hopes that the revolution may spread to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies so that they too could have democratic governments.
December 3, 1797 Diplomatic relations with Portugal and Spain James McHenry William Loughton Smith McHenry congratulates Smith - U.S. ambassador to Portugal - for beginning to master the Portuguese language, stressing that fluency is integral to diplomatic relations. With respect to Spain, McHenry argues that Spain has more to dread from war with the United States than the U.S. does, and suggests that Smith keep that in mind in diplomacy.
July 31, 1793 Speech Regarding Possession of Land and Past Treaties with Indian Confederacy Federal Commissioners Treaty at Sandusky Deputies of the Confederation of Indian Nations Commissioners agreed the boundary line set at the Treaty of Fort Stanwix between the Indians and the British colonies was the Ohio River, but future treaties ceded tracts of land to the U.S. and therefore they could not remove settlers from the land.
September 17, 1794 Whiskey Rebellion in Maryland and Pennsylvania Alexander Hamilton Rufus King Secretary Hamilton writes Rufus King, U.S. Senator from New York. Mentions John Jay's relations with the Portuguese Ministry. Concludes the letter by discussing the insurrection in western Maryland and Pennsylvania, later known as the Whiskey Rebellion. States that there is a "very insurgent spirit & some insurrection" in these areas of the country. Discusses the militia plans to respond.
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.
May 23, 1797 Appointment as minister plenipotentiary to the Netherlands James McHenry William Vans Murray Regarding Murray's appointment as minister plenipotentiary to the Netherlands. McHenry also discusses Franco-American relations and foreign relations.
December 30, 1796 Recommending a Mediterranean naval force Josiah Fox James McHenry Recommends a naval force in the Mediterranean and describes the range of Barbary powers.
September 9, 1797 News from the American Minister to Portugal William Loughton Smith Timothy Pickering Smith describes his experiences as Minister to Portugal with particular emphasis on the ceremony in which he was presented to the Prince.
August 25, 1775 Speech by Tiahogwando at Treaty of Six Nations at Albany New York Tiohogwando [not available] This speech was made at Treaty Conference held at Albany New York in August 1775, attended by the Reverend Samuel Kirkland. "Brothers: this is all the Six Nations have to say at present. They would just mention one thing more before they break up. The Six Nations look upon this as a very good time to speak their minds, as here are the representatives of the twelve United Colonies. The dispute...
May 28, 1796 Capture of the "Mount Vernon", Recommendation of William Smith, Etc. Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Alexander Hamilton There is concern about the entry of the prizes of French Privateers into American ports. Action on this matter will requre congressional and executive action, which will take time. Wolcott mentions the capture of the ship "Mt. Vernon" and the need for a reputable, confidential American diplomat in France. He recommends William Smith, who is trusted and admired by the French. He wonders if Mr....
August 24, 1797 Adventures En Route to Portugal William Loughton Smith Timothy Pickering Smith relates his adventures on the way to Lisbon as well as the state of relations between Portual and its neighbors Spain and France.
January 4, 1790 General Statement of Indian Policy Henry Knox George Washington In a comprensive statement of Indian policies, Knox discusses the cost of war and peace with the Indian Nations along the Southwestern frontier. He speculates on the size of an army necessary to engage hostile Indians along this vast expanse of territory. He concludes that peace and diplomacy are more cost effective than war. He references the practice of providing gifts to subjugated people...
April 20, 1799 Points of Understanding between Great Britain and the United States Timothy Pickering [not available] Pickering and his colleagues list seven regulations agreed upon by Britain and the United States regarding relations and commercial intercourse with the Haitian government of St. Domingo. Of particular concern was the effect of the Haitian slave rebellion upon slaves in the United States and the British colonies.
April 8, 1798 Diplomatic conversation with the Chevalier Yruho James McHenry [not available] Account of a conversation with the Chevalier Yruho, who visited the Adamses in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mentions that Yruho engaged in a non-personal diplomatic dispute with Secretary Pickering respecting what he thought were American plans to invade Louisiana. Stresses that Spain should act reasonably and that the United States is the best neighbor that Spanish colonies could have, as long as they...
June 14, 1794 Avoiding a General Indian War Henry Knox Thomas Mifflin Discusses how a proposed move against "the more Western tribes" might provoke the Six Nations; notes that these factors, in addition to "precarious" relations with the Creeks, could well bring on a general Indian war. Mentions ongoing negotiations with European nations whose colonies border the U.S., saying that urgent reasons should be sought after to "embarrass or embroil" [whom is unclear],...
October 3, 1790 American Debt and Bondholders James Swan Henry Knox Letter, Businessman in Europe asks for Knox to exert his influence on Washington and Jefferson
December 29, 1796 Discussion of Foreign Affairs Relative to Barbary States & Naval Power Josiah Fox James McHenry Letter, discusses Barbary States; discusses Foreign Affairs; discusses Mediterranean politics; discusses necessity of a Naval Force; alludes to Barbary Wars.
October 17, 1790 Impending War Between Britain and France Alexander Hamilton George Washington Hamilton speculates on the evidence of impending war between Britain and France.
July 6, 1789 Hostilities still rage between Georgia and the Creek Indians. Henry Knox George Washington Knox informs the President of the state of Georgia's war with the Creeks. He includes a biographical description of Creek chief Alexander McGillivray and why he believes McGillivray distrusts Georgia. He describes three treaties Georgia entered into with the Creek Nation. This document (6 July) is the second part of the original report on Indian Affairs that Knox sent to the President on 15 June...
May 14, 1786 Report on the Barbary States Paul R. Randall Thomas Jefferson Randall declares that he will be governed by his orders and will do his best to fulfill them and hopes that the circumstances will be considered if his services are not equal to expectations.
May 2, 1788 Report of the Secretary at War: Indian Affairs north of Ohio River Henry Knox [not available] Report of the Secretary of War re Indian Affairs. Notes that the confederation of tribes, to oppose settlement of lands north of Ohio River is important subject. Discusses White encroachment. Indians will only accede to outright purchases of land. Attempts to claim lands by conquest will require constant employment of troops. The principle of waging war for an object which may be obtained by...
April 3, 1799 Status of Fortifications, Etc. John Jacob Rivardi Alexander Hamilton Along with a detailed report of the status of the fortifications of the United States, Rivardi expresses dismay that the charges against him by Captain Bruff have yet to be investigated. He is certain that once they are fully investigated, he will be completely exonerated.
July 31, 1793 Speech of Commissioners of United States to deputies of confederated Indians assembled at the rapids of Miami River Federal Commissioners Treaty at Sandusky [not available] Speech given by Federal Commissioners at the close of the afternoon on 31 July 1793 to the Indian Deputation of confederated Indian Nations assembled at Captain Elliot's a the mouth of the Detroit River. To avoid further confusion, the deputation gave the federal commissioners a paper stating "this is the meaning of our hearts." Signed by Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanese, Miamis, Mingoes,...
May 23, 1789 Negotiation with the Indians at Fort Harmar Henry Knox George Washington Knox reports to Washington on the status of negotiations held at Fort Harmar on 9 January 1789. Knox enclosed various documents with this letter in order to establish the context of the current negotiations for the new chief executive. These documents include the following: A "Speech of the United Indian Nations, at their Confederate Council, held near the mouth of the Detroit River, the 28th...
February 23, 1800 Discussion of Belligerent and Neutral Ships; Relations with Great Britain Charles Lee John Adams Responds to the British Minister to the Secretary of State. Refers specifically to the British vessels--brigantine Experience, ship Lucy, and brigantine Fair Columbian, and to the British sailors and deserters. Discussion of American ships and demands for restitution, with rights to search belligerent and neutral ships.