From James McHenry
War Department [Philadelphia] 1 Augt 1798
This will serve for scarce any other purpose than to acknowledge your letter of the 22 July ulto and two others respecting candidates for military appointments.1
I inclose the act to augment the army of the U.S. You will see that it does not provide for a Quarter Master General, and that the Provisional army law provides that the Quarter Master General under it shall have the rank & pay of Lt Colonel only. I thought it best therefore that no Quarter Master General should be appointed ’till Congress meet again when they may amend their act.2
I hope to be able to write you again this week, but it is doubtful, as it will depend upon my being able to write to the President which I am affraid I cannot do under my present press of business as the objects I intend to address him upon are pretty important and will require deliberation.3 With the most sincere regard and attachment I am Dr Sir Your ob. st
ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MiU-C: McHenry Papers.