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January 5, 1798 Concerning domestic opposition in the United States James McHenry Robert Craig Discusses the domestic situation in the U.S., where he says the opposition has been viciously opposing the government and possibly inciting insurrection or a foreign invasion.
April 13, 1799 Opposition Between the Military & Civil Authorities in Detroit James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry encloses a copy of a letter from Lieutenant Colonel David Strong which should have accompanied papers sent earlier regarding the opposition between the civil and military authorities in Detroit.
July 2, 1794 Wilmington opposition to fortification Pierre Charles L' Enfant Henry Knox Letter from Major L'Enfant to Secretary of Knox, regarding the motives of the opposition made by the inhabitants of Wilmington respecting the emplacement L'Enfant has designated to fortify upon.
October 11, 1798 Concerning electoral politics William Matthews James McHenry Writes on the political climate and electoral atmosphere from a Federalist perspective, concerning partisanship and opposition.
February 3, 1788 Proceedings of the Massachusetts Convention to Consider the New Constitution Benjamin Lincoln George Washington Lincoln reports on the proceedings of the Massachusetts convention that is charged with adopting or rejecting the new Constitution. Though several of the Shays insurgents are delegates, Lincoln is optimistic that the Constitution will be approved by the convention.
May 28, 1797 Recommendation of ambassador for French mission James McHenry Timothy Pickering Discusses mission to France, recommending Pinckney as ambassador. Discusses possible opposition in the House of Representatives.
May 26, 1799 Growing opposition to the Federalist Party Theodore Sedgwick James McHenry Sedgwick expresses concern of the growing opposition to the Federalist Party, spurred in part by the regular pay of officers in the Provisional Army before they performed any actual services.
January 5, 1800 Comments on President Adams and the Jeffersonian Opposition Alexander Hamilton Rufus King Among other items of interest, General Hamilton decries the spirit of faction that, especially in Virginia, is more violent than ever. The leaders there possess all powers of the local government and seem determined to possess those of the National as well, according to Hamilton. Hamilton is referring to the Jeffersonian opposition to Federalist policy. Also bemoans the "Perverseness and...
May 9, 1798 Refers to Opposition among Troops and Officers for Factory Goods Edward Price Henry Gaither Includes extracts of letters to the Secretary of War regarding cooperation of factory officers. Reports opposition of officers to troops purchasing out of the US factory.
December 17, 1798 Nomination Withdrawn Due to Opposition in the Senate James McHenry William Smith McHenry discusses Smith's provisional appointment as Adjutant General which had to be withdrawn because of opposition in the Senate. He will be given command of one of the regiments instead.
July 16, 1795 Mistaken Information Regarding Indian Land Negotiations Timothy Pickering John Jay Secretary Pickering discusses mistaken information about negotiations for Indian land with Governor John Jay of New York.
March 24, 1784 War office salaries John Pierce Philip Audebert Discusses the salary of the gentlemen in the war office. Also discusses family matters.
September 9, 1792 Presidential Proclamation to Quell Insurrection Alexander Hamilton George Washington Opposition to law putting a duty on distilled spirits in Pittsburgh, Hamilton advised government quickly suppress all disorderly conduct. Requests President issue a proclamation, and discussed the reaction of the government in larger terms that will affect the interaction of the government with its people.
May 18, 1786 Pay of a Regiment's Officers John Pierce Henry Godwin Pierce discusses the documentation necessary for certain gentlemen to claim their pay as officers of a Revolutionary War regiment
November 18, 1799 French Instruction on the Use of the Sword Alexander Hamilton William S. Smith Hamilton assures Smith that he has no objection to officers being taught the use of the sword by French gentlemen as long as there is no expense to the public.
May 23, 1800 "Democratic Influence" in Government Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Due to the military reductions that were occasioned by a new "democratic influence" in government, Major Craig offers sympathies to Samuel Hodgdon for being removed from office. Craig also expresses regret that Colonel Pickering was among those fired. Craig is referring to the ascension of Thomas Jefferson into the White House, along with the Democratic-Republicans in Congress - the opposition...
April 27, 1795 Manning the Post at Presqu' Isle Thomas Mifflin Timothy Pickering Governor Mifflin responds to Pickering's opposition to the post at Presque Isle by explaining how it could be adequately manned by state militia paid by the General Government.
August 31, 1792 Indian Relations and Settler Unrest Henry Knox Governor Edward Telfair Opposition of western settlers to the boundary line as stipulated by the treaty of New York between Creek Nation and U.S. Every opportunity sought to provoke war with Indians. Stated Indian War would adversely affect the economy and trade relations. Also cited Indian relations with other nations as nothing but warm and sincere. Stated it would be criminal negligence to ignore the gross...
November 25, 1798 Possible war declaration against France James McHenry [not available] Submits his views of the subjects for communication between the heads of departments and generals. Argues that France aims at "universal dominion" and that the vices of her government render war indispensable to her. Suggests that President Adams should recommend to Congress in his speech to immediately declare war against France, although open to another alternative from the President as long as...
October 8, 1798 On the Provisional Army and its domestic opposition Uriah Tracy James McHenry Uriah Tracy informs James McHenry that Governor Jonathan Trumbull and Colonel Wadsworth from Connecticut are preparing names for officers in an additional regiment for the Provisional Army. Tracy expresses frustration with many Americans' opposition to the Provisional Army, including a reluctant John Adams. Tracy insists that the officers for the twelve regiments of the Provisional Army need to...
November 8, 1788 Proposed collection of official papers Noah Webster Samuel Hodgdon Webster proposes a printed edition of a collection of official papers, which he claims Philadelphia gentlemen desire. Requests that communications be made with Francis Childs, the printer.
July 26, 1784 Cover Letter Charles Thomson Commissioners for Treating with the Indians South of the Ohio Cover letter forwarding a letter from General Clark.
January 5, 1784 Pay of the Hospital Department John Pierce John Cochran Requests a list of the gentlemen of the Hospital Department entitled to the commutation of five years full pay under the 1781 resolution of Congress. Asks whether officers who resigned are entitled to the commutation pay. Requests information about the resignations or service positions of several doctors who served in the army hospital.
November 26, 1797 Concerning Franco-American relations and upcoming negotiations James McHenry Uriah Forrest Discusses eroding Franco-American relations and attacks the opposition party in Congress who he believes are working for the benefit of the French Directory, arguing that it strengthens France's position against the United States. McHenry alludes to the upcoming negotiations with France that will ultimately become the XYZ Affair, quoting Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who worries that successful...
October 7, 1798 Report from George Salmon to James McHenry on Maryland's Congressional Elections of 1798 George Salmon James McHenry Salmon discusses the Maryland Congressional elections of 1798 with James McHenry. Smith's interest among mechanics and militia will surmount all opposition. All merchants and people of fortune made every exertion much to their credit. Salmon notes that all that was required of him was his vote and private support. He notes astonishment at the numbers who would not interest themselves, even...