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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
June 28, 1798 Suggested Improvements for the Military James McHenry Samuel Sewall Extract from a longer letter. McHenry lays out reasons why it would benefit the armed forces for the officers to receive education on certain aspects, and suggests hiring teachers for specific subjects. He suggest raising the pay of cadets and the establishment of an Inspector of Artillery to correct the deficient state of ordnance in the nation.
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.
April 29, 1799 Informing the Commander in Chief James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry stresses the importance of keeping General Washington well informed so that when he does take command, he can do so with the knowledge he needs to be an effective commander.
October 8, 1796 Regarding the Teaching of Artillery & Engineering Principles at West Point James McHenry George Washington Refers to incident at West Point which resulted in a court of inquiry for the commandant and the resignation of a subordinate officer; McHenry notes the trouble to which he has gone to conciliate the various parties. Apparently matters involves the suitability of the commandant to instruct other officers in gunnery and fortification, and whether this should even be a requirement of the office....
August 6, 1793 Postponing a War with the Creek Nation William Blount Henry Knox Blount and Pickens suggest sending a trader with knowledge of Indian affairs into Creek Country with presents for the Chiefs as a method of postponing a war with that Nation.
February 11, 1796 Explanation of Different Opinions about Accounting Procedures Nehemiah Freeman Stephen Rochefontaine Letter, discusses differences between Freeman and Rochefontaine regarding lodging of pay rolls and other accounting procedures.
March 12, 1793 Who should join the Commissioners at Sandusky? Henry Knox George Washington Knox seeks the President's acquiescence to the Indians' request to have several Quakers accompany the Commissioners to the treaty at Sandusky. Knox also recommends that a Moravian named John Heckewelder join the Commissioners because of his knowledge of the Indians' language and customs.
March 17, 1800 General Orders pertaining to agents of Quarter Master Department William North [not available] Strictly outlines what temporary provisions and housing will be provided and how troops will conduct themselves. Discussed regulations governing building barracks and submission for reimbursement.
June 5, 1795 Copy of a page from a Joshua Humphries letterbook Joshua Humphreys Timothy Pickering Letter, discusses Jonathan Humphries' and Josiah Fox's roll in planning and constructing the early frigates.
April 29, 1799 Useful Employment of the Galley "Senator Ross" Alexander Hamilton John Francis Hamtramck Hamilton recommends that the galley "Senator Ross", recently built at Pittsburgh, should be employed on the lower posts of the Mississippi and manned by officers and men detached from the line who have the necessary marine knowledge.
February 16, 1797 Recommendation of Timothy Banger for Employment Joseph Nourse Samuel Hodgdon Nourse recommends Timothy Banger for employment somewhere in the country either with the Quartermaster or in the Commissary of Military Stores. He is currently employed in the Office of the Register of the Treasury, writes a good plain hand, and has a knowledge of accounts. His moral character is also very good.
January 2, 1797 Acceptance of Appointment as Frigate Superintendent of Construction; Questions Pertaining to This Duty Captain Thomas Thompson Josiah Fox Letter, accepts appointment to superintend Frigate; discusses pay of public servants; describes price of materials for Frigate; asks for information re sails.
January 23, 1792 Letter of Introduction Isaac Craig Henry Knox Introduced George McCully, former officer in Pennsylvania line. Describes relationship with Cornplanter and other Northern chiefs, geographical knowledge and experience. Noted his travel from Fort Franklin and Knox's desire for news from the post.
February 22, 1800 A letter of recommendation from his Excellency John Jay to the Secretary of War John Jay James McHenry Recommended William P. Van Rensselaer for commission to artillery corps, extolled his virtues.
March 1, 1800 Regulations Regarding Certain Supplies and Respecting Objects of Special and Extra Expense James McHenry [not available] Regulations respecting certain supplies and objects of special and extra expense. Contractors supply rations, ardent spirits and vinegar, quarters, transportation, forage, fuel, straw, and stationary where there is no appropriate officer of the Quarter Master General's department. Quarters are to be temporary; no barracks may be built without express order.
March 24, 1795 My Knowledge of the Business, Etc. Joseph Howell Timothy Pickering In a largely illegible letter, Howell appears to be discussing sundry accounting concerns with Secretary of War Timothy Pickering.
July 22, 1791 Information on Appointees George Washington Henry Knox The President asks for information on appointees. Habersham is mentioned.
[not available] [Pay Roll of Scouts and Spies, 1790-1792] Joseph Howell [not available] Howell certified pay due scouts and spies, to be paid in Virginia currency.
December 3, 1788 Ogden provides letter of introduction Samuel Ogden Henry Knox Letter, asks for introductions re appointment.
August 26, 1786 Counterfeited certificates John Pierce Samuel Barrett Letter from the Commissioner of Army Accounts regarding the case of the counterfeited certificates.
March 12, 1800 Intentions of Foreign Powers, Etc. James McHenry Uriah Tracy Answers to questions requiring knowledge of the intentions of foreign powers can only be guessed. If there is to be war, the exportation of offensive weapons should be forbidden. If there is peace the United States will not need them. The petition should be granted because the swords and muskets appear unsuitable for the naval service and they are not of the caliber used by the army.
May 10, 1787 Recommendation of Captain William Morris John Sullivan Henry Knox Captain Wiliam Morris has been appointed by the State of Virginia to command the force destined for the western frontier. Sullivan attests to Morris's fidelity, courage, good conduct and knowledge of artillery gaained by serving on board American ships
October 14, 1800 Information Respecting Discharged Storekeepers Samuel Dexter Samuel Hodgdon Dexter wants to know if any of the storekeepers have been discharged due to the removal of their stores to places of general deposit. The closing of the estimate is retarded for the want of this knowledge.
February 10, 1797 Spies to the Indian Lands James McHenry David Henley McHenry directs Henley to send spies among the whites who have illegally settled on Indian lands. Also discusses Army affairs in Tennessee
May 19, 1797 Doctor Scandella Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Mentioned arrival of Doctor Scandella, notable scientist, who will replace Doc. Brown who is detained in Canada with a broken leg. Orders to sell pack horse transporting receipts enclosed.