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1. Fortifications . The Works at Newport Rhode Island have been suspended. The proposed Plan for a Fortification on Castle Island in the Harbor of Boston has been submitted to the opinions of Major Generals Heath, Lincoln, Brooks and Hull, who having visited the Island, and conversed with Mr. Foncin, the Engineer, unanimously approve of it, and have adopted a favorable opinion of the talents...
Not being able to contemplate any usefull service to the public for any greater number of the present Marine corps than may be necessary for the six ships retained in Actual service, which number cannot exceed four hundred rank & file, I take the liberty of suggesting the propriety of retaining only four hundred rank & file of said Corps, with a due proportion of noncommissioned officers, and...
I have had the honour of receiving your note of this day accompanied with the proceedings of two Courts Marshall held for the trial of Doctr. Charles Webb, Lieut. John Latimore & Edward Atwood a Midshipman, and five seamen , I have examined the aforesaid proceedings, and take the liberty of reporting as my oppinnion that there does not appear any sufficient reason for disapproving of any one...
When I had the pleasure of conferring with you three days since, I promised to lay all that you should represent, on behalf of your Nation, before your Father, the President of the United States. This has been done, and I have it in charge, from him to tell you, that he receives your visit with welcome and cordiality, that he listens willingly to your representations, and requests you and your...
I have been honoured with your note of the twenty eighth ulto. enclosing a letter from Mr. Dupont, I have it in contemplation to authorise Mr. Dupont’s Son, to make an experiment on a small quantity, say one hundred weight, of the impure salt petre, by which he will be enabled to set his price for clarifying, pr. hundred, and we shall be better able to decide on the propriety of incuring the...
I was last evening honour’d with your letter of the 14th. ulto. with the enclosed papers relative to Mr. Quarrier, &c. There has undoubtedly been very improper management at Newport . on my way home I visited & examined the public works at that place & shall call there on my return, and make some further enquiries. In a former letter I took the liberty of mentioning the unhappy situation of...
I have been honoured with your letter of the 21st. ulto. enclosing Mr. Stilmans long story concerning small armes. He discovers a disposition to give you a specimen of Connecticut Ingenuity. I am not sufficiently aquainted with the perticular circumstancies relative to his contract, to be able to write to him until I arrive at the Seat of Government. I presume there will be no difficulty in...
I take the liberty of suggesting, for your consideration, the propriety of proposing to Congress that provision be made for designating the boundary line between the United States, and the adjacent British possessions, in such manner as may prevent any disputes in future, from the out-let of Lake Ontario to Lake Superior, if not further. There are many valuable islands in the lakes and rivers,...
Will it not be necessary to intimate to Congress the necessaty of some provision for making the proposed establishment of a Magazine & Armoury in South Carolina, and also for making some improvements at Harpers ferry. I am Sir with the highest respect Your Huml. Servt. RC ( DLC ); at head of text: “To the President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Dec. from the War...
I am authorised by your father the President of the United States, to assure you that it gives him great pleasure to see you at the great Council fire of the sixteen States, and to have an opportunity of taking by the hand the great and wise men of so many of the Nations of his red Children. Brothers, Your Father the President is happy to find that the great Spirit who made all the white and...
The concurrence of the Senate appears necessary in the appointment of John Taylor Esqr. as Commissioner in the Treaty with the St. Regis Indians. with respectfull concideration I am Sir Your Hume Sert. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 8 Jan. and “John Taylor of N.Y. Commr. to hold treaty between N.Y. & the...
Brothers, Your Father the President of the United States having fully considered all that you communicated to him the other day respecting the objects of your long journey to this place, has authorized me to give you the following answer Brothers, In answer to your request respecting grants of land to your Nations and to your Interpretors, I must inform you that your Father the President does...
Friends and Brothers, The deputation appointed by you to visit the Seat of Government have arrived and been welcomed by your father the President of the United States with cordiality; they have spoken and he has heard all the representations that they were instructed by you on behalf of their Nations to make to him, in his name I have answered them in sincerity and truth, and when they shall...
Governor Clinton by his letter of the 20th. ultimo, requests that a Commissioner on the part of the United States might be appointed to attend a Treaty with the Oneida Indians for the purchase of about ten thousand acres of land, which that Nation is desireous of selling, and which has heretofore been leased out to white people. The six Nations have also expressed a wish to dispose of a narrow...
Having examined the proceedings of the Genl. Court Martial of which Majr. Thos. Hunt was President, holden at Detroit in the Month of July last past, in the trial of John Spence a private soldier in Capt. John Whislers Company of the first Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States, charged with seditious conduct at Fort Wayne on the third day of May in the year 1801, by...
Your Father and good Friend the President of the United States has taken into consideration all that you communicated to him when you took him by the hand three days agoe, and he has authorised me to give you the following answer Brothers, The President is pleased with seeing you all in so good health after so long a journey and he rejoices in his heart to find that one of your own people has...
To Conyatauyou, or Handsome Lake a Seneca Chief. Brother, Your good father the President of the United States having seen your talk of yesterday directs me to assure you, that his ears are ever open to the just complaints of his red children and his heart ever disposed to afford them releif— Brother, It is much regretted by your father the President that the Deeds securing to you the lands...
To all to whome these presents shall come , Greeting. Whereas it has been represented by some of the Chief-men of the Seneca and Onondago Nations of Indians that they are entitled to certain reserved Tracts of lands lying on the Cartaragus Creek, and on or near the Allegany, and which has been surveyed, laid off, and the lines regularly run, and distinctly understood; but that they are not in...
I have the honor to enclose you an estimate of expenditures for the Army of the United States, for the year 1802, conformably to the Act of the 16th inst: The several items which compose the aggregate sums in this estimate, where they are not specified, will be found on a recurrence to an annual estimate made by this department, under date of the 28. of Oct. 1801. I have also subjoined a...
From a conference with a Committee of the Senate , it is proposed to make the following alterations in the list of Officers by you nominated, for the Military establishment, which is submitted for your consideration, Captain Richard H. Greaton of the 2nd. rgt. to be withdrawn Captain John Whistler of the 1st to be introduced— Captain Campbell Smith of the 4th. to be withdrawn Captain Aaron...
Lieut: Jesse Lull having been rejected by the Senate, I take the liberty of proposing Peter Talman Capt: in the 1st. Regiment of Artillerists & Engineers, to be the first Lieut: in the Regiment of Artillery. I also take the liberty of proposing Henry Irwin of Pennsylvania, to be an Ensign in the 1st. Regt. of Infantry. Accept, Sir, the assurances of my high respect RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s...
The following gentleman are proposed to your consideration, as Candidates for military Agencies : (viz) For the Northern Department Peter Gansevoort , of Albany. For the middle Department William Linnard of Philadelphia. For the Southern Department Abraham D. Abrahams of Savannah. I have the honor to be, Sir, with high consideration, Yr. Obt. Servant RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by...
I take the liberty of proposing the following gentlemen as Ensigns in the Regiments of Infantry, in the service of the United States: (viz) Simeon Knight Vermont 1st. Regiment Joseph Dorr ditto. 1st. ditto. George T. Ross Pennsyla. 2d. ditto. Accept, Sir, the assurances of my high respect RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Dearborn; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”;...
I have the honor to propose to your consideration, Jared Mansfield of Connecticut, as a Captain in the Corps of Engineers. With sentiments of sincere respect, and high consideration, I am, Sir, Yr. Obt. Servant RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Dearborn; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 17 Apr. and “Nominations...
having examined the proceedings of a Genl. Court Martial, of which Majr. Thos. Hunt was President, holden at Detroit on the eighteenth day of July last, for the trial of John Spence a private soldier in Captain John Whistlers Company, of the first Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States, charged with seditious conduct at Fort Wayne on the third day of May 1801, by assailing...
The claims in favour of the State of Virginia for guarding the public stores belonging the United States, at Manchester and New London, as transmited by Govr. Munro, are as follows, viz. for guarding stores at Manchester, in the months of Septr. & Octobr. 1800. $543.44 for Do. at New London prior to the 15th. of April 1801 }  410.83 for Do. at New London subsequent to the 15th. of April }...
Will it be proper for me to apply to the chairman of the Committee of ways & means for an appropriation of five or six thousand dollars for defraying the expences of compleeting the line between the Cherokees and North Carolina, and for runing and marking the Chocktaw line, and also for ascertaining and runing the lines of the reserved tracts in the Northwestern & Indiana Territories, or...
I this day recd. a letter from Mr. Holt storekeeper at New London, informing me there is reason to believe the Negroes in that quarter have it in contemplation to possess themselves of the Arms at that place, notwithstanding the small guard which is station’d there—considering the expence of a larger guard and a Storekeeper, and the impropriety of having our public arms kept at a place not...
I take the liberty of proposing for your approbation, Henry B. Brevoort , for an Ensign in the 2d. Regiment of Infantry. I have the Honor to be with great consideration Sir, Your Mo. Ob. Servt RC ( DLC ); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Dearborn; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 31 May and “Henry B. Brevoort to be ensign”...
I take the liberty of proposing for your approbation John Livingston for a Cadet in the Artillery. I am &ca. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 107 , LSP ). Following his appointment as cadet, JOHN LIVINGSTON reported to the military academy at West Point, New York. In April 1803, he was made a second lieutenant in the Regiment of Artillerists and sent to Fort Nelson, near Norfolk, Virginia ( Heitman,...