From Henry Knox
War Department, March 25 1794.
I have the honor to submit, the copy of a letter intended to be sent to the Secretary of the Treasury, relatively to arrangments to be made, for procuring the Iron Cannon and shot; contemplated in the Act, entitled, “An Act to provide for the defence of certain Ports and Harbors in the United States.” 1 I have the honor to be Sir, with the greatest respect, Your most obedt Servt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. The draft was of Knox’s letter to Alexander Hamilton of 29 March and concerned the execution of the provisions in “An Act to provide for the Defence of certain Ports and Harbors in the United States,” 20 March 1794 (Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 16:209–11; 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 . 1:345–6). Knox added two enclosures to his letter to Hamilton. The first, dated 28 Feb., was an estimate of expenses for each location, with a total of $172,698.52 for erecting fortifications and providing the necessary cannon and military stores and $90,349.25 for the troops needed to garrison the fortifications (ASP, Military Affairs description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends , 1:62–65). The second was a draft of a letter dated 29 March and intended for use by the Treasury Department when appointing someone at each location to obtain the labor and materials needed (ASP, Military Affairs description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends , 1:104–5).
Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., wrote Knox later this same date, enclosing Knox’s draft and informing him that “the President approves thereof, provided the treasury be the proper Department from whence the articles mentioned in the letter are to be furnished” (DLC:GW).