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May 10, 1800 Concerning the fortifications at New York harbor James McHenry John Jay Discusses using the talents of the nation's best engineers in order to properly fortify and maintain the harbor at New York. Mentions his coming resignation on June 1.
May 9, 1796 The duty of this post is considerable... Michael Kalteisen Samuel Hodgdon Captain Kalteisen discusses his many burdonsome responsibilities at Fort Johnson and advises Hodgdon that he has been sick and absent from his post so he cannot be blamed for any mistakes that were made.
March 31, 1798 Present Location of Frigate United States Impedes Movement of Merchant Vessels James McHenry Captain John Barry The frigate United States is blocking the coming and going to merchant vessels. McHenry suggests that it be moved to either one opposite the rope walks or some other place as soon as possible, unless to do so would be risky.
1794 General Observations on the Defense of New York Vincent Unknown Recipient Mr. Vincent of New York records his general observations on the defense of that city's harbor, concluding that an enemy landing could not be successful.
June 4, 1798 McHenry to Accertain Status of New York Harbour James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Plans to examine New York harbor "this Wednesday". Requested advice on the harbor, and a pilot boat from E. Stevens with proper apparatus to ascertain the depth of the harbor.
April 1, 1794 Engineer to fortify the harbor of New York Henry Knox John Lamb Writes General John Lamb - the Collector of the Port of New York - concerning the appointment of an engineer for the purpose of fortifying the harbor of New York.
March 22, 1798 Estimate of Copper Required for Sheathing Vessels By Ton Joshua Humphreys Tench Francis Letter, describes quantity of copper needed for vessels by tonnage.
January 23, 1795 Expenditures for the Harbor at Portsmouth Joseph Whipple Alexander Hamilton Transmits expenditures for the fortification of the harbor of Portsmouth, NH. Whipple omitted accounts with vouchers since work has not been completed at the time.
July 7, 1798 Instructions for Survey of Defenses at Whetstone Point, Baltimore [Fort McHenry] James McHenry Lewis Tousard Instructions for the planning of defenses at Whetstone Point, Baltimore. Key considerations: defense of the city, defense of the fort from both land and sea attack, and the limited budget of $20,000, out of which land for the fort must be purchased. McHenry hopes the citizens of Baltimore might contribute additional funds, but cannot anticipate such an occurrence.
July 9, 1800 Instructions to Private Armed Vessels John Marshall Commanders of Armed Vessels of United States These are Marshall's instructions for the private armed vessels of the United States, especially respecting rules of engagement with French vessels.
June 17, 1794 Trade to Sweden, Etc. Stephen Higginson Alexander Hamilton Among other matters, Boston merchant Higginson discusses his readiness to provide vessels for the importation of products from Sweden not to mention the release of vessels that were being held in Jamaica.
December 3, 1800 Simmons Informing Jackson of Reimbursement for the Fortifications of Boston Harbor William Simmons Jonathan Jackson Simmons informs Jackson that he will receive $6127.77 from the Treasurer because of the fortifications in Boston Harbor.
May 18, 1798 Outlines Authority and Jurisdiction for Sea Vessels James McHenry John Adams The Secretary of War will immediately provide instructions for army vessels to protect coasts. Theorizes about the constitutionally-based powers of the President over the army and the navy. Refers to the act of 1 July 1797. Outlines regulations for prisoners on vessels.
September 4, 1795 Bill of Lading for Lead on Board Two Vessels Ebenezer Breed Samuel Hodgdon Due to an error there is one load of lead more than Breed was charged. The fact that the lead was loaded on board two vessels instead of one affects the bills of lading but both vessels will still arrive together which means they can be unloaded at the same time.
May 1, 1800 Stores for the Hospital at Charleston Harbor Frederick Dalcho [not available] Return of hospital stores wanting for the hospital in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina calculated for the expenditure of one year.
August 3, 1793 Proposed Rules Governing Belligerents' Use of American Ports Alexander Hamilton [not available] The cabnet members provide proposed rules governing vessels of the belligerents in the war between Britain and France being armed and equipped in American ports. Privateers or those vessels adapted solely for war are deemed unlawful while those fitted for commerce or for commerce and war are lawful.
June 18, 1794 [Rule as to the sailing of Vessels of War of the Belligerent Nations from the United States] Taylor [not available] Governs depart of sailing vessels from U.S. ports.
December 27, 1798 Coming Elections for Baltimore Branch Bank James McHenry Thomas Willing McHenry writes Willing on behalf of one of the directors of the Baltimore Branch Bank, who would like to continue in the role of director and would like Willing's help in the coming election.
March 1, 1800 Request to Pay George Sears, Account of Fortifications at Baltimore Harbor Robert Gilmor James McHenry Request to pay $2000 to George Sears on account of fortifications for defense of harbor at Baltimore.
August 7, 1793 Regulations Adapted by the President for the Preservation of Our Neutrality Henry Knox Joshua Clayton Knox list eight regulations to be followed by the States in their dealings with the vessels of foreign belligerents that might seek refuge in American ports.
October 13, 1794 Fortifying the harbor at St. Mary's, Georgia Tench Coxe Alexander Hamilton The Commissioner of the Revenue requests that a warrant be issued to James Seagrove for the balance of money granted by Congress for the purpose of fortifying the harbor of St. Mary's, Georgia. Seagrove has already received $1000.
December 30, 1800 American Treatment of Armed French Vessels Benjamin Stoddert Commodore Barry Despite the fact that a treaty with the French Republic is before the U. S. Senate, Secretary of the Navy Stoddert orders Barry to treat French armed vessels as hostile so long as they continue their depredations against American trading vessels.
May 17, 1800 Payment George Sears for Expenditures for Fortifications at Baltimore Harbor Robert Gilmor James McHenry Robert Gilmer, chairman of naval committee, makes payment of $10,000 to George Sears for expenditures on account of fortifications for defense of harbor at Baltimore.
May 28, 1799 Explains Designation of Posts on New York Harbor Islands James McHenry William Simmons Explains consideration of all troops stationed in the islands of the harbor of New York as belonging to one post. The senior officer will be given double rations.
February 4, 1800 Certification of payment; Jonathan Jackson, Agent for the Department of War at Boston for expenses for erecting fortifications for defense of Boston Harbor William Simmons James McHenry Certification of payment; $492.45 to Jonathan Jackson, Agent for the Department of War at Boston, the amount of his expenditures for erecting fortifications for defense of Boston Harbor.