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February 2, 1801 Simmons Seeking to Ensure that no Public Monies are Used for Private Purposes William Simmons Thomas H. Cushing Ensuring no private use of public monies
April 8, 1787 Delivery of Shirts & Shoes, Congressional Deliberations, and Illegally Sold Powder Henry Knox Jeremiah Wadsworth Asks that Wadsworth go ahead and deliver the troops' shoes and shirts that he had planned to, and promises that he will be paid. Asks if Wadsworth will consent to take on additional warrants. Notes that "the subject of the troops" is before Congress, but that nothing has been decided yet. Thanks Wadsworth for information on damaged powder; believes "capital error" caused the damage. Asks that...
November 30, 1798 Subscription to the "Country Porcupine," Etc. John Wilkins, Jr. Samuel Hodgdon With the permission of the Secretary of War, Wilkins plans to travel to Philadelphia where he hopes to meet with Hodgdon and thank him for the many favors he has provided. He also will purchase the Quartermaster's stores he requires for the ensuing season. He wants to subscribe to the "Country Porcupine" and have it sent to Captain Pasteur at Cincinnati.
December 26, 1798 What to Charge the Government for My Services Ebenezer Stevens Samuel Hodgdon Stevens is at a loss as to what to charge the government for his services as agent and superintendent of all that is done in New York. He has given up his private business so he could attend to public matters and argues that his pay must at least provide a living for him,
March 5, 1785 Renting the Public Buildings at Carlisle General William Irvine Samuel Hodgdon General Irvine agrees to rent public buildings according to the conditions proposed by the Commissioner of Military Stores with the understanding that he can purchase them at a later date if the public should not want them.
June 11, 1800 Inventory of Powder Samuel Hodgdon Israel Whelen Discussed storage of private powder in a public magazine.
September 23, 1791 Accounting for horses Samuel Hodgdon Robert Benham The Quartermaster General requests that the Superintendent of the Horse Department take a very accurate account of all the horses - both public and private - now employed in the department. Asks that he account for the color, age, height, and marks of the horses.
May 24, 1787 Sale of Damaged Powder William Price Henry Knox Several persons have inquired about the possible sale of damaged powder but would not name a price they might pay. They also want to know if it will be offered at a public or private sale.
April 21, 1792 Knox advises Sargent to be more subtle in performance of his duties Henry Knox Winthrop Sargent Letter, discusses appointment to Adjutant General; discusses raising of the army; Knox asks Sargent not to be so abrasive in his new position.
February 8, 1790 Debts of General Greene Henry Knox Edward Carrington Discussed General Greene's debts which are a mix of public and private. Debts must be settled or his family will be left penniless.
November 27, 1800 Request for Inventory of Factory John Harris Edward Wright Previous letter requesting information unanswered, second letter sent requesting inventory, debts, contracts of factory under command of Wright. Request for Mr. Price's private account, information on Negro woman.
May 12, 1798 Request for Issue of Private's Clothing, With Return & Note from Commanding Officer James McHenry John Harris Directs issue of clothing to a private in the 1st Infantry Regiment, who serves as a waiter to Lt. Hyde. Hyde's confirmation that the private has not yet drawn clothing is included, as is a return of the articles sent.
August 14, 1799 Questions about Hewit's Appointment over Public Stores Samuel Hodgdon Francis Gibson The Secretary of State has shown Hodgdon Gibson's letter. Wonders who Mr. Hewit is and how he has charge over public stores. Seeks to make Hewit accountable for these charges. Requests Gibson's presence at sale on Saturday to ascertain Hewit's private possessions and public store.
December 9, 1800 Request for delivery of clothing Samuel Hodgdon John Harris Requests delivery of clothing to Israel Whelen.
May 13, 1792 Reasons for declining promotion Brigadier General Otho H. Williams Henry Knox Brigadier General Otto Williams candidly offers apology for non-acceptance of commission, providing details for why he declined the offer. Williams perceives no temptation to his ambition in the consideration which Knox enforces of being second in command.
January 31, 1791 Petition of John Fitch John Fitch Edmund Randolph Details of Fitch's character described. Went poor in public service, traveled to Kentucky at the personal request of the commissioners, no longer has the assistance of the Army or his private creditors. Requests discharge, happy to hear there is a committee appointed by Congress to hear requests.
December 4, 1786 Shortcomings of the Current System of Government Benjamin Lincoln George Washington Lincoln appears to be commenting on the weaknesses of the central government of the Confederation. Those whose interests are undercut by the current system, namely creditors and holders of securities, will probably support strengthening the government with a revised constitution.
September 12, 1800 Muster rolls of the Cherokee David Henley [not available] Muster rolls of the Cherokee Indians under command of Will Shorey for punishment of offenders.
February 9, 1791 Invoice of Pay and Pensions for Invalids Henry Knox James Tilton The letter provides a list of pay and pensions due to military invalids in Delaware, with notation of those who have moved or are deceased. The second page concludes with an order to pay the pensions out of treasury funds.
October 28, 1798 Letter to the Superintendent of Military Stores Elias Langham Samuel Hodgdon Langham wishes for Hodgdon and the Secretary of War to “attend to my Western arrangements” as this has gone undone for a significant amount of time. Langham is heading out into the country for the winter (apparently for private business) and will return in the spring. In the meantime, Colonel John Morrow will be in command. Langham states that the establishment at Harper’s Ferry seems to be...
September 6, 1789 Knox speaks to Williams regarding Captain Newman Henry Knox Jonathan Williams Letter, discusses case of Capt. Newman.
April 30, 1791 Delivery of Supplies Samuel Hodgdon Isaac Craig Enclosed invoice for private articles. Requested supplies for dragoons to arrive in next wagon.
April 17, 1795 Acceptance of position and commencement of duties as clerk of Boston ship yard and matters of pay Timothy Pickering Caleb Gibbs There is a question as to timing of Gibbs acceptance of his position as clerk of the ship yard and the commencement of pay. Pay to be $750 per year. Discusses the manner of paying public servants. Emphasizes that this is a temporary position and asks that Gibbs not to throw aside his private business. Hopes that this position is compatible with his private interests. Discusses the matter of...
April 21, 1796 Reports Annual Examination of Public Store and Damaged Leather Elias Langham Samuel Hodgdon Has just commenced the annual examination of public stores. The leather has been too long neglected, but he will do what he can to brush the cartouche boxes, shoes, valises. Will also air out all the tents. Requests money for these purposes. Has not heard about the untended arsenal. The late Secretary of War told him that because public business was sparse, he could do private business. Discusses...
December 14, 1798 Receipt of John Allison for goods being transported to Harper's Ferry John Allison [not available] Fiscal, receipt for transport of public and private goods being shipped to new armory at Harpers Ferry.