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August 22, 1797 Their Situation is Deplorable, Etc. John Sevier James McHenry Sevier reports that the Commissioners will soon finish the boundary line. However, a number or respectable inhabitants have the misfortune of being left within the Indian claim and many of them have been peaceably settled on their plantations for a considerable length of time. They had the just right to expect from the laws of North Carolina that they would never be molested. He feels their...
May 31, 1791 Arms & Ammunition to Ohio County Henry Knox Beverley Randolph Due to the deplorable situation of the citizens of Ohio County, Knox is ordering arms, ammunition, and powder to be sent to them from the magazine at Fort Pitt the cost of which is to be born by the State of Virginia.
July 7, 1789 Deplorable Situation of the Cherokees Henry Knox George Washington Knox addresses the current situation pertaining to the Cherokee nation. He estimates the number of Cherokee warriors between 2,000 and 2,650. He observes that the Treaty of Hopewell "has been entirely disregarded by the white people inhabiting the frontiers." This is the third report in a four part series of briefs regarding Indian Affairs that Knox sent to the President.
July 17, 1790 Circular to the Lieutenants of the Counties to Cease Use of Scouts Henry Knox [not available] Letter from Henry Knox, Secretary of War, to the lieutenants of various counties in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky directing them to replace scouts with small group of rangers. It also includes detailed instructions on how to document the authorization, use, and pay of said rangers.
November 9, 1794 Hostile Indians on frontier William Winchester William Blount Colonel Winchester writes Governor William Blount of Southwest Territory, beginning his letter by stating: "The Indians continue their depredations as usual." One individual (Evan Watkins) was shot and scalped, with a tomahawk sticking in his skull. Frontier folk in the region are complaining: "They say, if Congress knew their deplorable situation, and have the feelings of men, they would not...
July 29, 1790 Measures for the Protection of the Frontier Henry Knox Lieutenant of the County of Mason, Kentucky Knox discusses defensive measures for the protection of the frontier.
August 18, 1795 My Situation Is Become More Presssing John Vermonnet William Simmons Vermonnet laments that he has yet to receive orders from the Secretary of War nor has he received an answer from Simmons on account of his salary. Since his situation has become even more pressing, he requests a prompt reply relative to this important matter.
October 22, 1794 The Situation at Springfield David Ames Samuel Hodgdon Writing in code, Ames provides a detailed explanation of the current situation at the Public Armory at Springfield as well as a list of wanted articles that includes the cost of each article.
August 27, 1798 My Situation Has Become Disagreeable, Etc. B. H. Phillips Samuel Hodgdon Because he has received no letters, intelligence, or information, Phillips complains that his situation has become very disagreeable. Still he will endeavor to do his duty.
June 5, 1789 Your expectations will be disappointed Henry Knox Benjamin Lincoln Knox expresses his appreciation of Lincoln's situation but feels that his expectations will not be fulfilled.
April 29, 1799 Promises to Remedy Embarrassing Situation with Rent for Powder Magazine Samuel Hodgdon Michael G. Houdin Reports that the Secretary of War will assist in remedying the embarrassing situation regarding the rent due for powder magazine. Through the multiplicity of business this has been overlooked until now.
January 19, 1795 The Effect of Depreciation on Officers' Pay Uriah Tracy Joseph Howell Is the enclosed account the one upon which a settlement with Doctor Gould was settled? Also there is a question regarding the number of officers in the same situation as Captain Harris. Since the pay due him was for 1780, it was scaled according to the specie value of the money in that year and he now wants the depreciation made up. If there are a number of officers in the same situation, it will...
March 10, 1792 Request for Authorization to Dispatch Militia and Spies Colonel David Shepherd Henry Knox Favorable opinion of memorial for those who have died in the protection of Ohio County. Request for authorization to dispatch men to protect frontier.
June 12, 1798 Character Description of Officers on Board War Ships Stephen Higginson James McHenry Higginson felt current officers character was deplorable and ships should be manned by good officers who would add to the ships efficiency as a weapon of war.
November 16, 1795 Discussion of Gosport Navy Yard & Frigate Planks William Pennock Josiah Fox Letter, discusses plank for Frigates; describes situation of Gosport Naval yard.
March 22, 1799 Progress of the Insurrection in Pennsylvania Alexander Hamilton William MacPherson "...It will be satisfactory to me, as far as may be convenient, to receive from from time to time statements of the situation & progress of the insurrection in Pennsylvania."
November 25, 1797 Confirming receipt of McHenry's letter sent by Mr. Smith James Wilkinson James McHenry Wilkinson confirms receipt of McHenry's letter, sent through Mr. Smith. McHenry apparently expressed disappointment over some matter in the letter, and Wilkinson appears to explain the situation from his perspective and hope that his actions may remedy the situation.
November 29, 1793 Craig discusses military stores and shipment with Hodgdon Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Major Craig agrees with Hodgdon that making waggoners accountable for damaged goods is not practicable. Craig also mentions the fever in Philadelphia.
September 29, 1797 McHenry Chastises Guion, Comments on Situation in U.S.-Spanish Florida Border Region James McHenry Isaac Guion James McHenry chastises Capt. Isaac Guion for not executing his orders in the Natchez-Chickasaw Bluffs region more effectively. Notes he will be more explicit in future instructions, to avoid confusion; stresses that he does not wish to dishonor Guion as a soldier -- compliments Guion as resisting some scheme of the Commandant of New Madrid. Lists stipulations that the Baron de Carondelet, the...
October 10, 1798 Relative Rank of Major Generals, Knox's Pecuniary Situation, Etc. Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Alexander Hamilton Wolcott refers to the fact that the three Major Generals for the Provisional Army were appointed the same day although it is clear that Hamilton was intended to be the first Major General. He believes Knox should decline service as his pecuniary situation makes him a likely tool for speculators. There should be nothing done regarding the organization of the Army until deliberate consultations...
March 1, 1792 The Situation at Marietta, Etc. Henry Knox George Washington Knox informs Washington that he has drafted a letter to General St. Clair and has received information from Judge Putnam, both of which require the president's examination along with several officer appointments. (See transcript below.)
July 13, 1797 Further Instructions to Isaac Guion on U.S.-Spanish Florida Border Situation James McHenry Isaac Guion Encloses several letters for the edification of Capt. Guion on the ongoing diplomatic situation regarding the U.S.-Spanish Florida border region, and enjoins him to keep the peace and care for his command.
June 10, 1797 More James McHenry to James Wilkinson on Situation in Indian/Spanish Country James McHenry James Wilkinson McHenry advises Wilkinson about the situation, as he had in his letter of the previous day; emphasizes not offending Spanish and rectifying disposition of U.S. troops.
July 12, 1791 Avoid an Open Rupture with the Crown Henry Knox Major General Richard Butler Knox warns against incidents that may incite the British since the present situation of the United States inhibits actions against them unless the honor of the country is at stake.
June 9, 1797 McHenry to Wilkinson Concerning Situation in Indian/Spanish Country James McHenry James Wilkinson James McHenry writes General James Wilkinson on sending an officer to investigate an affair concerning the possible demolition of U.S. forts in Indian country and the claims of Spanish subjects to land in the region. Instructions outlined. Asks Wilkinson to report on situation, and to recommend the reinforcements and posture he sees necessary.