Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Henry Knox, 23 June 1794

From Henry Knox

War departmt June 23d. 1794


I have the honor to transmit a list of articles which will be required for the equipment of each of the forty four gun ships & to observe that nearly the same will be required for each of the thirty six gun ships.1

The heavy Cannon and shot have already been requested of you.2 The twelve pounders will hereafter be more specifically stated.

The military stores also will in due season be fully specified. The object of the transmission at present is to enable you to determine which of the articles you will have procured by general Contracts and which to be purchased by the agents who shall be appointed at the places where each ship shall be built.

Besides the general list of the articles the Copy of the letter from Capt. Truxton3 may afford some useful information as to the procurement of the Copper & Bolts stated in a former estimate, and also of the anchors.

I am &c.4

LC, RG 45, Letters Sent Concerning Naval Armament, National Archives.

1These ships were being constructed as part of the program of naval armament. See Knox to H, April 21, 1794.

3Thomas Truxtun had been appointed a captain in the United States Navy in June, 1794, and was superintendent of the frigate under construction at Baltimore.

4The following note appears at the bottom of this letter: “N. B. The letter and list of Articles above referred to, were this day delivered to Mr. Tench Coxe.”

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