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Title: [Letter] 1800 Mar. 14, Philadelphia [Pennsylvania, to] David Henley, Knoxville [Tennessee] / William C.C. Claiborne: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Claiborne, William C.C.

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Date: March 14, 1800
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from U.S. Representative William Charles Cole Claiborne to David Henley, dated March 14, 1800. Claiborne is giving his opinion on a proposed reduction in the Army. Though he does not worry about an invasion, he still believes that a strong defence is necessary. Claiborne also writes that the Army would not be able to withstand an attack if one did occur. He believes they should concentrate on training and equipping the militia as a permanent protection force.
Collection:David Henley Collection

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Philadelphia March 14th 1800
Dear Sir,

I had the pleasure to receive yesterday, your friendly Letter of the 20th ultimo, and am much obliged to you for the attention you have paid to the requests contained in my last communication

With respect to the disbanding of the additional Army I still think, that the measure would have been proper;__ An Invasion of our Territory, is a possible, but (in my opinion) not a probable event one thing however is very certain that the existence of the additional Army would not avert an Invasion if one is intended & if it should be effected, the additional Army, would be inadequate to the repelling of an invading Foe;__ the militia of the Country must be resorted to, send to them we should look for the permanent defence of our Country__

But you are certainly accurate in saying that we should combine discipline with force; But this discipline should be applied to the militia, and every

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every shilling , which the reduction of the additional Regiments, would have retained in the Treasury, & should have wished expended in furnishing Arms for the Militia, and for paying old & experienced officers, to be employed in the different States, for the purpose of training the Officers and privates of the militia_

I am very far however, from wishing the Army entirely reduced, on the contrary I am a firm friend to the permanent Regiments, & shall always think, that a small military Force to garrison the Forts established on the Frontiers and Sea_ Board, will always be necessary_

I agree with you, that unanimity in our National Council should be encouraged, on [gap] thing [added: one Subject] however I believe there is no difference of opinion, which is to reject foreign aggression for from every quarter, and believing that a simi

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lar disposition is possessed by the Citizens of the Union, for myself, I dread not the Power of France , or even of all Europe combined

The enclosed paper, will give you the latest News__

Accept my best wishes

I am Dr [Dear] Sir
Your friend & Servt [Servant]
William C. C. Claiborne

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Colo [Colonel] David Henley Knoxville
PhiladelphiaMarch 14th 1800WCC [William Charles Cole] Claiborne

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