From Henry Knox
War department March 19th 1794
I have the honor to submit to you a return of the commissioned Officers who served in the Navy during the late War, including the Officers of the Marines, together with a list of applicants for Offices in the Navy made out by Mr Lear & the documents accompanying the same.1 I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedt Servant
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. The enclosures have not been identified. Knox probably prepared these lists in anticipation of the passage of “An Act to provide a Naval Armament,” 27 March 1794 (Stat description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends . 1:350). For GW’s decision to nominate only the requisite captains at this time, see his letter to the U.S. Senate of 3 June.