George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 14 July 1794

From Henry Knox

War department, July 14 1794.


I have the honor to submit, for your information, a letter just received from Governor Moultrie dated the 30th ultimo; and also one from the honorable Pierce Butler containing another strong recommendation, of highly respectable characters, of Captain Michael Kaltizen—for an office not known to the laws—He may be made the keeper of the intended Arsenal at Columbia.1 I am Sir, Most respectfully, Your very humble Servt

H. Knox secy of war


1Neither the letter from South Carolina governor William Moultrie of 30 June nor the letter from South Carolina senator Pierce Butler of 3 July has been identified. The entry in GW’s journal of proceedings for this date states that he "perused" the recommendations and returned them to Knox (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 313). Michael Kalteisen (1729-1807) emigrated to South Carolina by 1755 and became a merchant at Charleston. He served several terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1775-78 and 1783-90. Kalteisen was at this time the commanding officer of Fort Johnson at Charleston, where he served until his death. He was appointed a captain of artillery and engineers on 18 July.

On the consideration of a site near Columbia, S.C., for one of the arsenals authorized by "An Act to provide for the erecting and repairing of Arsenals and Magazines, and for other purposes," 2 April 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 . 1:352), see Knox to GW, 10 April and n.12.

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