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From Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Timothy Pickering, 14 July 1795

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Timothy Pickering

July 14. 1795.

By the President’s order B. Dandridge respectfully returns to The Secretary of War the several papers respecting the site on the Potomac most proper for establishing an arsenal;1 and informs the Secretary that after an attentive consideration of said papers & viewing all circumstances The President is of opinion that the site on Conogocheague is the most advantageous & proper, & requests that he will immediately take measures for causing the said establishment at that place. The President desires also that the Secretary will use his exertions to progress the Arsenal in South Carolina.2 B.D. also sends herewith to the Secretary the papers relating to the resignation of Genl Robertson; & informs him that ⟨the⟩ President thinks Jas Winchester, mentioned in Gov. Blount’s letter, the most proper character to succeed Genl Robertson.3

ADf, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The text in angle brackets is taken from the letter-book copy.

1These papers have not been identified.

2For the progress of the arsenal in South Carolina, see Pickering’s report to Congress of 12 Dec. 1795, found in ASP 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 , Military Affairs, 1:109–10.

3The papers relating to James Robertson’s resignation and the letter from William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory, have not been identified. Robertson was seeking to resign his post as brigadier general of militia for the Mero District, which he had held since 1791. James Winchester (1752–1826), who is best known as a general in the War of 1812, was at this time the senior colonel in the district. On 11 Aug., Blount wrote Robertson that he had not heard whom GW had appointed to the post, but that he had given to Winchester “the necessary orders respecting the protection to be afforded the District” (“Correspondence of Robertson,” description begins “The Correspondence of Gen. James Robertson.” American Historical Magazine 1(1896): 71–91, 189–94, 280–91, 390–96; 2(1897): 59–86, 172–77, 278–79, 355–75; 3(1898): 74–83, 267–98, 348–94; 4(1899): 66–96, 163–92, 247–86, 336–81; 5(1900): 67–96, 162–90, 252–86. description ends 3:389).

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