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February 20, 1801 Interrogatives regarding the Quartermaster General War Department [not available] An unknown War Office official is posing questions regarding the authority, orders, and movements of General Wilkins.
October 4, 1800 Treason Afoot James McHenry Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Afraid there are "persons pretending to possess the authority of our government" who entered into "treasonous conventions with Great Britain and Toussaint" McHenry advised Wolcott to obtain a copy of the free trade agreement with St. Domingo along with all other documents associated with this subject before Wolcott leaves the seat of government.
January 3, 1792 Pay of Militias Called into Service Henry Knox Thomas Mifflin Knox tells Governor Thomas Mifflin of Pennsylvania that Congress has authorized the pay for militias called into service by the President.
August 8, 1799 Regarding Conduct of Troops at Detroit Toward Civilians James McHenry [not available] Addresses cannon sent to Detroit, and actions undertaken by the commandant of the garrison there, who has apparently acted outside his authority. References the "rules and articles for the better government of the troops of the United States." Addresses the limits of the authority of all soldiers, officers and enlisted, in relations with civilians.
January 23, 1792 Reimbursing the Cost of the Auxilliary Force Thomas Mifflin Henry Knox Govenor Mifflin requests that Knox supply him with whatever is needed to establish a claim upon the United States for the cost of the auxillary force raised by the state to aid in the protection of the western frontiers of Pennsylvania.
October 23, 1786 Wanted: A Strong Central Government Henry Knox George Washington Knox laments lack of unity among the thirteen independent sovereigns and mentions the idea of strengthening the central government. Powers of Congress are inadequate for preserving peace for the "general good." Believed there could be "a rebellion against reason" and unless the general government becomes unified, the United States would be ruled by "an arbitrary and capricious armed tyranny". ...
July 3, 1795 Pickering discusses state and federal authority to treat with Indians with Chapin Timothy Pickering Israel Chapin Jr Letter, directs Chapin re proposed New York treaty; discusses State rights and Federal Government; informs re opinion of Attorney General; discusses conduct of New York commissioner; mentions New York legislature.
January 8, 1791 Aid from the General Government Rufus Putnam Henry Knox Following an Indian attack in which fourteen people were killed, Putnam pleads for additional money and resources from the General Government to protect against future attacks.
April 15, 1789 A Post in the Administration of the General Government Benjamin Lincoln George Washington Lincoln expresses interest in a position in the general government and also comments on the tension between the states and the central government within the federal system.
June 29, 1795 Land Claims and Other Matters Timothy Pickering Israel Chapin Jr Letter, directs Chapin re proposed New York treaty; discusses State rights and Federal Government; informs re opinion of Attorney General; discusses conduct of New York commissioner.
August 9, 1788 Report on the insurgents in Pennsylvania Timothy Pickering Peter Muhlenberg Pickering reports on the insurgents in Pennsylvania. At present, the country is at peace and those who have not surrendered or been taken into custody, have fled to neighboring states. Suggests that John Franklin is the instigator of all the disorders. The inhabitants have long been bickering with Pennsylvania on the basis of lies and artifices of a few designing men. Recommends establishing a...
January 5, 1792 Financial Responsibility for Defense of the Frontiers Thomas Mifflin Henry Knox Governor Mifflin assures Knox that he will take the necessary steps with the state legislature to support the plan of the president to have the General Government take financial responsibility for the defense of the frontiers by state militias.
October 26, 1798 Responding to General Wilkinson's Requisition Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Craig has authority from the Quartermaster General to direct Hodgdon to send forward the articles enumerated in General Wilkinson's requisition. The QMG expects to set out for the seat of government in a few days and will probably see Hodgdon at that time. Craig notes that his coffee is nearly expended so Hodgdon should procure same and send it along.
March 30, 1789 Three Members Shy of a Government Henry Knox George Washington Knox reports that Congress is now three members shy of a government. Knox also notes that "the Spring impost amounting by computation to 300,000 dollars will be lost to the general government by its not meeting at the time appointed."
July 9, 1799 Concerning the authority of General Washington James McHenry Ebenezer Huntington Refers the Brigadier General to the authority of George Washington as the head of the Provisional Army on certain matters.
December 12, 1791 Regarding General Government payment for protection of the people Henry Lee Henry Knox Governor Lee of Virginia is asserting to Knox that the central government should pay for the efforts of the state to protect its citizens, such protection being a federal responsibility.
September 16, 1791 St. Clair's Complaints Henry Knox George Washington Knox informs the President of General St. Clair's complaints about General Butler's and the quartermaster's absenses and the lack of authority of the contractor to purchase the horses needed for the approaching campaign.
September 18, 1798 Protecting the Interests of the General Government John Sevier James McHenry Govenor Sevier assures McHenry that neither Zacharia Coxe nor anyone else would be permitted to make settlements unless permitted to do so by the General Government.
July 7, 1793 Response of Commissioners and Captain Brandt to Indian Speech of 07/07/1793 Federal Commissioners Treaty at Sandusky Indians Northwest of Ohio River Regrets to hear reports of war, only peace intended by United States. Commissioners have authority from their government to negotiate.
June 20, 1791 States Charged with Expenses of Arms and Ammunition Issued to Militia Henry Knox Henry Lee Militia and frontier protection; mentions state government and federal government responsibilities regarding the cost of arming citizens.
April 23, 1800 Need for a Presidential Printer and Gazette John Adams Unknown Recipient President Adams discusses the need for an official President's printer and a government gazette..
April 29, 1800 Appointment of a National Printer James McHenry John Adams Discusses the legality of the President hiring a printer. He says that if a permanent, paid position serving all the government departments is contemplated, the position must be signed into law. Quotes the Constitution on presidential appointment powers; notes that if the documents printed by the man in question are supposed to carry the authority of the president and other government...
March 14, 1799 Paymaster General at the Seat of Government Alexander Hamilton George Washington Hamilton believes that the Paymaster Genral should be located at the seat of government but seeks Washington's instruction on this matter.
January 14, 1799 Comments on Authority of Signatures on Quartermaster General Certificates Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Reports that John Wright had no authority to sign Quartermaster certificates. Thomas Hill's signature is good, but the certificate can be paid only by the Quarter Master General or his assistant at the post where the service was performed. Returns Seth B. Wigginton's letter.
July 13, 1787 Congressional resolution regarding government of the northwest territory Charles Thomson [not available] Congressional ordinance establishing governing authority in the northwest territories.