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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
June 1798 Orders to got to Baltimore and examine and obtain vessels that can be furnished with guns [not available] [not available] Letter directs Joshua Humphreys and Captain Thomas Thompson to proceed to Baltimore. In Baltimore, Humphreys and Thomas are to identify private ships suitable for military use and negotiate the purchase of such vessels. Must be able to carry between 16 and 22 guns with six, nine and twelve pound cannon. Guidance provided on criteria; examine age;, state of hull; timbers; masts; rigging; sails...
March 27, 1798 Estimation from War Office on certain ships of war James McHenry Senator William Bingham Cost estimate for the building, rigging, manning, and equipping of 22, 20, and 16 gun ships.
November 15, 1793 French Prize Ships Henry Knox George Clinton Discusses French prize ships.
April 27, 1795 Inquiry Into Naval Ships' Floor Bolts Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox Letter, discusses floor bolts for ships; asks for info regarding Frigate floor bolts.
August 28, 1798 Notification of and Comments on French Raising of Embargo on American Ships Joseph Fenwick Timothy Pickering Forwards the U.S. Consul-General at Paris' letter informing of the French Directory's decision to raise the embargo on American ships. Comments on how this will affect American ships now detained in French ports, and other ships bound for France.
June 16, 1794 Ships of Belligerent Nations [not available] Unknown Recipient Cabinet decision regarding rules for the departure of ships of belligerent nations from the ports of the United States. The Cabinet asserts that any vessel of war belonging to a belligerent nation in United States waters has violated the "laws of nations" and that the government may seize her cargo. Likely referring to British or French ships.
February 18, 1796 Discussion of Ship Timbers & Construction Josiah Fox Tench Francis Letter, discusses timber & frigate construction.
May 28, 1798 Act Authorizing President to Command Navy for Seizure of French Ships Violating Treaties Congress of the United States [not available] Congress authorized seizure of French ships who captured vessels of commerce in U.S. waters; a violation of treaty.
August 24, 1797 Uniformity of Dress on Ships of War James McHenry Captain John Barry Enclosed are the regulations establishing uniformity of dress by the officers, Marines, and others on board the ships of war in service of the United States.
May 14, 1798 Kentledge Needed for the Ships Samuel Hodgdon Melancton Smith Hodgdon expresses the need for a large amount of kentledge to be used as permanant ballast on the ships purchased by the United States.
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 1, 1794 Unlawful Increase of Force on Ships in Ports of the United States Henry Knox Thomas Sim Lee Neutrality of United States dictated that no ships need additional weapons. The arming of vessels by United States ships, or the arming of vessels in U.S. water is unlawful. Rule sent to all other nations.
July 2, 1799 Requests Release of Marines to Guard Ships Benjamin Stoddert James McHenry Reports necessity of employing all Marines on board ships. Wants guard for frigate. Requests military to relieve the Marines for this purpose.
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.
December 16, 1793 Calculation of the cost of constructing ships of war Joshua Humphreys [not available] An influential shipbuilder calculates the cost of building and maintaining a frigate for the United States. Estimates 23 pounds per ton.
July 22, 1796 Request for Information on How British Caulk Their Warships Joshua Humphreys Josiah Fox Letter, directs Fox to describe British caulking on ships of war; alludes to frigates.
December 1, 1797 Enclosed Ship Building Calculations, Request for Workmen James McHenry John Wilkins, Jr. Wilkens included estimate of draught of a galley and price of timber. Request for ships to protect ports on the Ohio and Mississippi, and workmen to build ships.
December 15, 1797 Discussion of Planned Construction of Galleys John Wilkins, Jr. James McHenry Discusses building and outfitting of galleys [ships], proposing to build them larger than originally planned for.
August 7, 1793 Notification of Agreement Between U.S. & France Concerning French Ships in U.S. Ports Henry Knox Samuel Huntington Informs Huntington of a recent agreement between the U.S. and the French minister regarding the rights of French ships in neutral U.S. ports.
April 3, 1797 Discussion of Hostilities With France & Shipbuilding for Warships Josiah Fox Forman Cheesman Letter, alludes to Quasi War with France; asks for terms to build ships of war.
February 11, 1794 Fortification of Norfolk Henry Knox Henry Lee Congress to vote on fortification of Norfolk, Knox believed they will vote to fund the construction. Rules outlined for ships of war to use U.S. ports.
June 12, 1798 Requests Defense of US Merchant Ships against French William Hindman James McHenry Outlines clerkship duties. Refers to bills of direct tax and to authorize defense of US merchant ships against the French.
June 14, 1794 Discussion of Construction & Dimensions of Warships Josiah Fox Captain Thomas Truxtun Letter, discusses mould loft for ships of war; describes dimensions of 44 gun frigate.
September 24, 1798 Requests Articles for Different Ships at Different Posts Benjamin Stoddert James McHenry Lists articles needed for various ships ad different ports.
April 27, 1795 Discussion of Frigate Bolting Timbers Josiah Fox Joshua Humphreys Letter, discusses bolting timbers in 44 gun Frigates.