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June 3, 1797 Concerning the conduct of armed convoys James McHenry Charles Lee McHenry asks the Attorney General about the proper conduct for armed convoys in protecting American merchants against searches by ships of war of belligerent powers.
July 9, 1800 Instructions to Private Armed Vessels John Marshall Commanders of Armed Vessels of United States These are Marshall's instructions for the private armed vessels of the United States, especially respecting rules of engagement with French vessels.
January 6, 1795 Requested Apprehension of Illegally Armed Ship Timothy Pickering Robert Brooke Report of illegally armed French vessel escaped capture. It was requested the President authorize the seizure of the ship and all her equipment.
May 28, 1798 Instructions to the Commanders of Armed Vessels John Adams [not available] President gave order to armed naval vessels to capture any French ship that violates the Law of Nations and the treaties between the United States and France.
February 11, 1793 Security for delivery of money John Stagg Samuel Hodgdon Knox has determined that the money shall go forward to D. Carmichael. Asks that Hodgdon engage someone to accompany Carmichael, well mounted and armed.
May 1793 Aggressions Henry Knox George Clinton Discusses armed vessels and militia.
December 30, 1800 American Treatment of Armed French Vessels Benjamin Stoddert Commodore Barry Despite the fact that a treaty with the French Republic is before the U. S. Senate, Secretary of the Navy Stoddert orders Barry to treat French armed vessels as hostile so long as they continue their depredations against American trading vessels.
August 5, 1788 Regarding the insurgents who apprehended Pickering and the need for military force Peter Muhlenberg Timothy Pickering Requests that Pickering give opinion as to whether armed force is necessary to restore order and good government.
August 16, 1793 Asylum Henry Knox Governor Edward Telfair Presidential decision not to grant asylum to any armed vessel or privateer. Requests Governor's assistance in enforcing this new mandate.
September 6, 1793 Important Dispatches Not Properly Conveyed Henry Knox Isaac Craig Secretary Knox Is apprehensive that Major Craig forwarded an important packet on a loaded boat. All express boats should be light and well armed. Gives instructions to push off everything for Headquarters except a light armed boat with dispatches. Clothing to be smoked must be marked to inform the Quarter Master General.
August 22, 1793 "Ann and Susan" Taken by the "Little Diamond" Thomas Jefferson Henry Knox Jefferson has learned that the ship "Ann and Susan," belonging to William Nelson, citizen of New York, with 100 passengers on board, has been taken by the French armed vessel "Little Diamond" and brought into New Castle, Delaware.
May 28, 1798 Instructions to the Commanders of Armed Vessels Given at Philadelphia from President of United States John Adams by Command James McHenry Secretary of War [not available] [not available] Initiation of the undeclared war with France [Quasi War]. Document heading denotes John Adams President of United States, signed by command, James McHenry Secretary of War. McHenry gives instructions to Commanders of armed vessels belonging to the United States given at Philadelphia. By Act of Congress that armed vessels are sailing under authority or pretense of authority of Republic of...
May 24, 1793 Horrid Attempt to Kill Three Indians William Blount Henry Knox Blount informs Knox of the attempt near his home of three armed men to kill three Indians.
August 16, 1793 No Armed Vessel Fitted Out as a Privateer Shall Have Asylum in U. S. Ports Henry Knox Joshua Clayton Knox warns that no foreign vessel fitted out as a privateer should be allowed in any port of the United States. The militia should be used to enforce this prohibition and prizes taken by said privateers should be returned to their home countries.
November 25, 1793 Forward Payroll with Security Provided Enroute from Pittsurg Henry Knox Isaac Craig Colonel Mentges will bring money for the army to Pittsburg. Must be sent off in armed boat. Either Major Winston, Major Cass or Captain Crawford is to take charge of money. Has ordered clothing from Shippensburg.
April 16, 1787 On the disposition of the savages and usurpation of public lands by armed men Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox relays report from Colonel Harmar at Fort Pitt. Harmar is touring posts on Ohio River. Has had conferences with General Butler. Matters seem to bear a more favorable aspect with savages than hitherto. Major Wyllys reports on the usurpation of public lands by armed men, which deserves attention of Congress.
May 19, 1798 Instructions to the commanders of warships to protect American trade James McHenry Commanders of Armed Vessels of United States General instructions to commanders of armed vessels in the service of the United States in order to protect United States trade on the coast. Urges them to defend selves with all necessary force against attacks on the high seas, but orders that they not make prize of the ship that attacked, unless a pirate and not a regularly commissioned ship of war. Also warns that they may run across French...
June 20, 1794 Forwarded Letter Isaac Craig Henry Knox Letter to Gen. Wayne received, will be forwarded on well armed light boat. It is expected to reach Fort Washington shortly due to rain swollen rivers. Supplies to Fort Washington to be sent forward. Supplies requested by Polhemus received and acknowledged.
June 17, 1793 Speedy Departure of Those Privateers Thomas Jefferson [not available] In response to the complaint of Citizen Genet respecting the seizure of a French vessel by the Governor of New York, the cabinet members announce that French privateers should not seek safety in American ports and should respect the neutrality of the U.S. during the conflict between France and Britain.
[not available] Regarding the Treaty of Holston and Survey Lines Senator Joseph Inslee Anderson James McHenry Line run pursuant to the Treaty of Holston runs from the River Clinch. Large number of inhabitants ordered off land pursuant to the running to the line. Ferry across Clinch has been disrupted by Indians, not charging exorbitant rates. An armed force is preventing people from traveling down the Holston River. Senate committee requests any information that McHenry might have on these matters.
July 1, 1794 Extension of Ban on Foreign Ships' Mounting Arms in American Ports Henry Knox Governor Josiah Bartlett Discusses a uniform policy on belligerent nations' ships equipping themselves in American ports. Notes that the mounting of new guns and/or carriages is forbidden, though also noting the difference between procuring new ones in port and mounting armaments carried on board. Describes a case in which a British ship was made to conform to these regulations; extends the ban on mounting armaments to...
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...
May 18, 1798 Constitutional Limits of the President's Authority to Empower Naval Vessels to Defend American Coasts & Shipping James McHenry John Adams Discusses issue of instructions to armed vessels being deployed to protect the U.S. coast. Considers the president's war powers in the Constitution, noting that the president cannot issue instructions to vessels either as naval ships or privateers prior to a declaration of war or hostilities short of war (in the latter case) by Congress. Notes that the president is empowered to reinforce the...
August 1793 Arming Vessels Henry Knox George Clinton Regulations concerning arming and equipping ships by belligerent powers in ports of the United States.
May 25, 1798 Instruction to Set Sail Immediately James McHenry Captain Thomas Truxtun Raids by armed vessels on Southern Coast within "our jurisdictional limits" prompted a quick and immediate reaction from the United States to call to arms of all sailing vessels. Truxton to receive orders shortly.