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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
December 3, 1799 Commenting on the President's Speech James McHenry George Washington The enclosed newspaper contains the President's speech. McHenry finds it nearly what it ought to be and is relieved that it did not enter into the kind of reasoning that might have attracted disapprobation from a part of the federalists. He has no information respecting the letter sent to Coxe except that it seems to represent the author's preconceived theory.
November 10, 1799 Keeping the Southern States in Good Humor Samuel Sitgreaves James McHenry Sitgreaves is involved in court during the week but will reflect on the theory of the Constitution and laws in favor of the claim once the court obligation is met. There was perhaps a precedent in the last Congress which seemed unjustifiable but it was probably yielded because of a desire to keep the Southern States in a good humor with the General Government. Still, Sitgreaves considers the...
May 14, 1798 Recommendation of John McRea John Fitzgerald Unknown Recipient Fitzgerald comments on the application of John McRea to enter the Naval Service on board one of the ships fitted out as a convoy for merchant ships. He views McRea as a young gentleman with an exceedingly good education, talents, and character with laudable pride and zeal for the honor and dignity of his country. He knows navigation in theory and has practiced on voyages to Europe and the West...
July 18, 1800 Current Politics Oliver Wolcott, Jr. James McHenry Discussed Adams losing votes in CT, but retaining the rest of New England. Secretaries are running the country, mentioned disagreement on establishing a military school. University of Mars discussed briefly.
August 24, 1798 Maintaints Defensive Action with France; Interaction of Martin and Peckin James Ash James McHenry Refers to an earlier request for a copy of the American Encyclopedia. Refers to judicious determination to maintain defensive position with regards to France. Fears threat of a civil war which would undo all theory of union of country and government. Writes of interaction between Mr. Martin and Mr. Peckin, a Native American printer, contrasting the two as Christian democracy vs. anarchy. Speaks...
May 12, 1786 Comments on Knox's Militia Plan David Ramsay Henry Knox Ramsay offers his comments on Knox's plan for the organization of the militia which Knox had recently submitted to Congress
May 19, 1795 Regarding objections to Joshua Humphreys' ideas on frigate construction Timothy Pickering Colonel James Hackett Pickering repeats his guidance regarding objections to the ideas of Joshua Humphreys. He expects a timely communication of opinions of all the [naval constructors] concerned in building the frigates; trusts that this will promote improvement and perfection.
January 21, 1793 Petition of Monsieur Louis Garranger Henry Knox United States Senate Petitioner, Monsieur Louis Garranger, states that he and his brother entered into service of United States in December 1776 conformably to contract made by Silas Deane with Monsieur Du Coudray. The petitioner was experienced in artillery, but could not be accorded any rank for fear of exciting discontent. Congress informed the petitioner that it could not employ him in the army. Knox closes by...
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....
February 10, 1792 The Coming Campaign Robert Barr Samuel Hodgdon Barr is going to Philadelphia soon and asks Hodgdon to give him whatever news he has on the operation of the coming campaign. He wants to be on his way out of Lexington early so as to be ready for the campaign. He expects to have a large quantity of goods on hand, perhaps the largest in the district.
October 9, 1796 Asks for Housing, General News William Vans Murray James McHenry Murray writes a friend letter to McHenry, discussing his need for a boarding house during the session, as well as political news from Baltimore, French politics, and casual greetings.
July 14, 1797 Pessimism over Public Affairs William Vans Murray James McHenry Letter, discusses foreign affairs; discusses French military.