George Washington Papers

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Henry Knox, 28 March 1794

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Henry Knox

[Philadelphia] 28 March 1794

By the President’s order Bw Dandridge has the honor to inform the Secretary of War that the President thinks the fortification of New York much more difficult to be accomplished than that of any other place intended to be fortified—he therefore thinks it proper that the most skilful of the engineers should be selected for that purpose.1


1On the proposed fortification of U.S. ports, see “An Act to provide for the Defence of certain Ports and Harbors in the United States,” 20 March (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 . 1:345–46). On those intended for New York City and for Knox’s instructions to engineer Charles Vincent, see Knox’s report on fortifications submitted to the House of Representatives on 19 Dec. 1794 (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 , 1:71–72, 77–81).

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