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December 7, 1798 Response to an idea from the Treasury Secretary James McHenry Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Thanks the Treasury Secretary for a note that suggested a particular idea (unstated in this letter); confirms that he believes the Secretary's idea to be correct.
August 29, 1798 Regarding Issue of Relative Rank Between Washington, Knox, Pinckney & Hamilton James McHenry John Adams Weighs the idea of presenting the names of the general officers of the army (Washington, Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton) to Congress, specifically the idea of changing their relative order of rank. McHenry protests that their relative rank came from Washington, and he had no control over it. These men were asked for by Washington; a condition of his acceptance of army command was the right to...
October 24, 1797 On the Safety of Philadelphia for Congress, and Why France Will Continue to Plunder American Shipping While Her War With England Lasts Oliver Wolcott, Jr. John Adams Wolcott advises the president on the safety of Philadelphia as a place for Congress to convene, given its recent outbreak of sickness; Wolcott assures him that it is now safe. Opines on U.S.-French relations, and on whether Adams' new envoys to France will be received. Says he believes no treaty will be accorded by the French until they have peace with England, since 1) it is in the interests...
May 29, 1795 Forwarding of Suggestion for Obtaining Lumber Timothy Pickering Josiah Fox Letter, describes Humphreys' idea regarding the procurement of timber.
June 3, 1784 Pay Claim David Brearly John Pierce Discusses his claim for pay as an officer while also holding a civil commission during the Revolutionary War
April 2, 1790 Discussion of Invalid Pensions, and Federal/State Disagreements on Them (2) Jeremiah Olney Henry Knox Letter, discusses inspection of Invalids in Rhode Island; alludes to federal and state conflict regarding invalid pensions.
1791 Discussion of Debts and Imprisonment of Recruits Bezaleel Howe Henry Knox Questions the practicality of the law regarding small debts of men recruited for military service.
February 25, 1787 Discusses the Waldo Patent and the Kennebec Claim Henry Knox Henry Jackson Discusses federal assistance to Massachusetts during Shays' Rebellion. Details on location of officers and their troops and the interaction of federal troops with Massachusetts troops and interference of Congress in state affairs. Pay and subsistence received for Humphrey's troops. Addressed Kennebec and Plymouth claims.
April 7, 1791 Surveyor for Inland Navigation Project Henry Knox William Smith Letter, advises re surveyor for inland navigation project.
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...
January 6, 1784 Military Stores in the Peace Establishment Samuel Hodgdon Worsley Emes Discusses the peace establishment as regards places of deposit for United States military stores and the possibilities for Captain Emes's continuation in the service. He will receive preference from Hodgdon in peace establishment appointments.
December 31, 1794 Request from Creeks Henry Knox George Washington Poses question on behalf of the Creek Nation.
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". ...
March 16, 1784 Resolutions of Congress and Pierce's business John Pierce Thomas Mifflin Discusses two resolutions of Congress and their bearing on Pierce's business.
April 22, 1791 Letter from the Reverend Samuel Kirkland to Secretary of War Henry Knox on prospects for war with Western Tribes; the just designs of Congress regarding the Indians; a proposal to send delegation led by Captain Henrick and a Stockbridge Chief Reverend Samuel Kirkland Henry Knox Kirkland recounts his visit to Philadelphia and his discussions with Knox on reaching an accommodation with the Western Indians; he ascribes part of the problem to unprincipled traders and ignorance regarding congress' intent to do justice to the Indians. Discusses idea of Indian leaders visiting Congress, an idea generated by Cornplanter, who believed that the voice of congress would never...
June 7, 1787 Movements of troops, protection for surveyors, disposition of Western Indians Josiah Harmar Henry Knox Harmar reports that he is executing orders of congress and has evacuated Fort Stueben, and transmitted orders to Captain Ferguson to withdraw from Fort Pitt. Has detached Captain Strong and Captain Mercer, with their companies, for the Rapids. Surveyors have requested military escorts. Reason for assembling troops on Rapids of Ohio is to prevent Indians from attacking settlements. Western...
December 13, 1790 Reply of President Washington to Congress George Washington Congress of the United States Washington acknowledges the sentiments of Congress in their address. Looks forward to happiest consequences from deliberations during present session.
March 1, 1787 Opinions on Convention, Shay's Rebellion Benjamin Lincoln Henry Knox (Partly illegible) General Lincoln provides Knox his thoughts on the convention to remedy the defects in the government and includes an update on the successful campaign against the rebels in New England. (Shays Rebellion)
March 8, 1796 Questioning the Need for Completing the Frigates Oliver Wolcott, Jr. James McHenry Refers to a contract for supplies in Georgia related to the proposed Indian treaty. Since the Treaty with Algiers has been completed, the Act for providing naval armaments may be unnecessary. Perhaps this project should be laid before the President with the idea that the legislature might want to reconsider completing the frigates currently under construction.
February 13, 1799 Report for Congress Samuel Hodgdon Joseph Williams Recognizes need for a more detailed account for Congress and the Secretary of War, who wishes Hodgdon to view all public accounts. Will present a report to Congress.
January 14, 1790 Reply to Speech of Congress George Washington United States Senate Expression of thanks for address from Congress. Relying on the continuance of Congress' exertions for the public good, anticipates salutary effects of prudent and upright counsels.
February 12, 1784 Officer's Pay Edward Antill John Pierce Antill requests to be paid subsistence due him by act of Congress.
May 7, 1784 Not authorized by Congress John Pierce Minister of France John Pierce sends a letter to the Minister of France informing him that he is not authorized by Congress to grant half pay to Mr. McHenry.
June 23, 1786 Directed Payment Henry Knox Messers Neilson Knox wrote Treasury to direct payment to Neilson, but public money is insufficient to do so owing to the delays of payments by the States. Supply of Brunswick through West Point.
November 25, 1794 Military Forces in 1794 George Washington [not available] Addressed to Congress with mention of enclosed document from Sec. of War.