Henry Dearborn to George Barron [sic; it should be "Baron"], 11 April 1801, asking if he is interested in teaching mathematics at West Point. Note that the letter is conveyed through Edward Livingston.


[[ In margin of letter-book: ]]  Mr. Barron

War Department 11 April 1801

Sir

The President of the United States is authorized by law to appoint Teachers of the Arts and Sciences necessary for the instruction of Officers &c in the Regiments of Artillery and Engineers, and as a competent knowledge of the Mathematics is the essential ground work of Engineering and Gunnery, it is proposed to engage some Gentleman well skilled in the mathematics as a teacher in that line; the pay will be about seven hundred Dollars per annum, a house in which to reside and perhaps fuel. Would such an appointment be agreeable to You? If it would, I think it is probable you may obtain it. West point on the Hudson, will probably be the position for the school. A line from you on the subject, as soon as you can make it convenient, will be received with pleasure

by your friend and Humble Servant 

Signed H. Dearborn



[[ In margin of letter-book: ]]   Edward Livingston Esquire

War Department 11 April 1801

Dear Sir

Not being acquainted with the particular address of Mr. Barron may I take the liberty of requesting that you will have the goodness to deliver him the enclosed letter. I am Sir &c Signed

H. Dearborn

PS Mr Barron is the Gentleman who I once mentioned to you and who I presume is now in your city.



The most interesting thing about the first of these letters is the closing line, which indicates that Baron and Dearborn are friends.


This letter is referred to by Crackel 2002, p. 304, and is cited from Miscellaneous Letters Sent, Secretary of War, M370, RG 107, NA.

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