From Henry Knox1
War Department, May 12, 1794. “I have the honor to transmit you as a matter of information the opinion of Mr Joshua Humphreys2 on the mode of procuring the white oak plank and timber.”
LC, RG 45, Letters Sent Concerning Naval Matters, National Archives.
2. On June 28, 1794, Knox appointed Humphreys, a shipwright, “the Constructor or master builder of a Forty Four Gun ship to be built in the port of Philadelphia” (LC, RG 45, Letters Sent Concerning Naval Matters, National Archives).