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January 24, 1796 Williams solicits Washington's opinions regarding scientific experiments John Williams George Washington Williams seeks Washington's advice regarding the atmospheric experiments he has been conducting with thermometers and barometers.
June 9, 1795 Experiments on the Strength of Pieces of Ash Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering Shipbuilder Joseph Humphreys reports on the results of experiments on pieces of ash as to what effect single or double holes for bolting the floor will have on the keel of a ship.
August 9, 1798 Removal of Stores Due to Danger of Infection Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Hodgdon refutes the argument of those who claim that the public stores should be moved due to the risk of infection. The stores exist to support the Army and every effort should be made to see that they are available for that purpose.
June 27, 1800 Results from Marching Experiments John Francis Hamtramck Alexander Hamilton Details on various trials performed to obtain proper marching technique. Weights of knapsacks, steps/minute, type of arms, etc. are provided. Gives recommendation.
March 18, 1800 Infantry tactics Alexander Hamilton Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Major Alexander Hamilton wants experiments by commanders regarding the natural pace of an average man of 5 feet eight inches, so as to establish the proper measure of a pace which is of primary importance in the tactics of the infantry.
March 25, 1800 Measurements of the Pace William S. Smith Alexander Hamilton Smith continues to conduct experiments on the proper measure of the pace. He is attached to the English time, 65 & 1/2 yards per minute, based on the approved Prussian system.
October 24, 1791 Knox copies minutes from Washington's speech Henry Knox [not available] Document, minutes for the President's speech; discusses impartial justice for Indians; mentions system for national militia.
May 27, 1800 Proper Length & Speed of the Step Alexander Hamilton John Francis Hamtramck Hamilton asserts that it is very important in tactics to ascertain the proper length and speed of the step so he is causing experiments to be made in various quarters with this in mind.
February 20, 1799 Experiment on a Type of Medicinal Plant [not available] Samuel Hodgdon Doctor Brown asks to remain in Detroit so he can continue his experiments on some plants that the Indians claim have medicinal value.
[not available] Marching George Hamilton Unknown Author Letter, discusses length and speed of marching steps of troops; discusses foreign armies.
June 1, 1792 Letter to the Secretary of War Winthrop Sargent Henry Knox Withrop Sargent discusses the rank of Adjutant General and Inspector General with Secretary Knox. Expresses desire for military fame. Also discusses gun powder experiments.
January 14, 1801 Simmons Requests that Tousard Make a Receipt More Explicit and Test Delivered Cannon William Simmons Lewis Tousard Simmons requests that Lt. Colonel Tousard make more explicit the receipt he wrote for the cannon furnished by William Lane and William Saltar. Simmons also asks Tousard to test the cannon to ensure their quality.
December 1, 1792 Application for Patent of a Steam Engine Oliver Evans Thomas Jefferson Evans applies for a patent for an engine powered by steam which he claims can propel heavy land carriages.
February 12, 1799 Vocabulary & Grammar of the Chippewa Language for Dr. Barton [not available] Samuel Hodgdon Dr. Brown laments that he hasn't heard from Hodgdon and talks of having the best vocabulary & language of the Chippewa Indians on Earth. Due to hard service in the dismal swamp, his health has suffered.
May 4, 1800 Recommendation to Establish National Foundry James McHenry John Adams The Secretary at War writes President Adams concerning an act passed by Congress in 1798 titled, "An act to enable the President of the United States to procure common arms and ammunition." Pursuant to this act, McHenry recommends the purchase of a site to establish a national foundry for cannon.
April 3, 1800 Length of a Pacem, Etc. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Alexander Hamilton Mentioned the forwarded arrangement proposed by Col. Butler for the completion of his regiment and the travel of detachments to meet Gen. Wilkinson, received Hamilton's changes to the arrangements. Provisionally appointed Capt. Beatty as Division Quartermaster, will require necessities and money for those expenses. Pinckney has, at Hamilton's request, conducted experiments on the length of a...
November 19, 1797 Indian Affairs Benjamin Hawkins James McHenry Hawkins reports on meetings with the towns on the river. The Indian nation is not interested in selling land to Georgia. Hawkins relates the state of the Indian economy and agriculture, and passes on other local news. He concludes with a reminder about the news of the murder of Townsend.
October 25, 1793 Late letter; Disease in City Abating; Expected Return of Washington, Hamilton, Knox Samuel Hodgdon Isaac Craig Details a letter that did not reach Hodgdon on time. Once received, made application to Comptroller of Treasury. Mentions regret that Martin and Carson did not deliver the whole of stores; they will suffer for their neglect. The China has arrived with little damage. Rumor from New Brunswick that army is again defeated. The disease [yellow fever epidemic] is abating. President Washington expected...
May 29, 1800 Letter to the next Secretary of War James McHenry Samuel Dexter Letter from James McHenry, former Secretary of War, to his successor. McHenry details the state of the Department and points out what needs immediate action. He discusses the state of Indian affairs, the need for a military academy, the establishment of a factory for small arms near Harper's Ferry, and other matters.
November 10, 1793 Notes from Knox for Presidential speech Henry Knox [not available] Document, draft suggestions for President's speech on National Defense; discusses hostile Indians on frontier; establishment of energetic militia; and fortification of seaports.
December 25, 1784 Iron Works, Innovations and Fertilizer Timothy Pickering Benjamin Lincoln Timothy Pickering sent Benjamin Lincoln a letter enclosed with a bill for iron works which had been manufactured and sent to him. Discussed "riddle" of what company manufactured the iron pieces, and that the iron screen on board the brig Lucretia was the latest innovation, being used by Mr. Morton at the Brandywine Mills. Discussed grinding manure and wrapping it in bushels sufficient to...
February 13, 1796 Concerning the protection of Lafayette's son and diplomatic relations with France James McHenry George Washington McHenry advises that Washington publicly receive and accept Lafayette's son under his protection and into his family, for Lafayette was currently imprisoned in Austria after attempting to flee France. McHenry argues that this action would aid relations the pro-French opposition in the United States, and that France could not rightfully object.
January 26, 1792 Knox makes public the causes of hostilities with Indians Henry Knox [not available] Document, Causes of hostilities with Indians; describes Indians and Indian warfare; describes Indian aggression; mentions Territorial Governments; describes White encroachment; discusses Indian torture tactics; discusses Harmar's Expedition; mentions Indian delegations; discusses pioneers and frontier life.
January 3, 1789 John Read discusses the cultivation of hemp John Read Henry Knox Letter, describes growing hemp and cultivating seed.
March 13, 1791 State of the Creek Nation James Casey Henry Knox Comprehensive treatment of every aspect of the culture and lives of the Creek Nation of Indians in 1790-1791. Includes transcript of a journal. 132 page document.