From James McHenry
War Department, July 22, 1799. “I recd. this morning your letter of the 17th July inst. and have submitted Mr. Ths. Y. How to the President to fill the office of 2d Lieutenant, and recommended the appointment.…”1
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. McHenry to John Adams, July 22, 1799 (ALS, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston).
On July 27, 1799, Adams wrote to McHenry: “I see no material or reasonable objection against the appointment of Mr. Thomas Y How to be a second lieutenant in the eleventh regiment” (LC, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston). The Senate confirmed How’s appointment on May 14, 1800 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 345, 355).