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Commission to Hugh Welch

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS Q2:10


Legal document: commission in US Army: engraved form filled in by hand. Signed by James Monroe as President and J. C. Calhoun as Secretary of State.


  • Creation: April 17, 1821


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Biography of Hugh P. Welch

US Army register, 1851-1879 lists Welch, Hugh P. and Whiting, Henry; Welch apptd 2nd Lt Corps of Artillary October 27, 1820; to 4th Artillery, June 1, 1821; tr to 1st Artillery August 16, 1821; resigned April 30, 1826. Appointed from Connecticut. Whiting apptd Cornet of 1st Light Dragoons, 1808...Capt in 5th Infantry March 3, 1817; tr to 1st Artillery June 1, 1821...Brevet Brig. General February 23, 1847; died September 16, 1851. (Another Capt Whiting was continuously in the Infantry; disbanded June 1, 1821). Same volume of the Register gives successive organizational charts. From 1815 to 1821 the artillery consisted of 1 regiment of light artillery, and 1 Corps of Artillery: 4,743 men in all. From March 2, 1821 the artillery consistd only of 4 regiments: 2,184 men.


1 folder (1 leaf.) : On parchment. Applied paper seal of War Office (diamond-shaped paper). ; 27.8 cm x 41 cm.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Signed by James Monroe as President and J. C. Calhoun as Secretary of State. Appnts Hugh P. Welch 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Artillery as of October 27, 1820."2nd Lt Welch" "H Whitings Comp" "4 H", illegible, parallel with left edge, "P..Vol 2 Pag 52 Adj ... Gen Off...".

Physical Location

MS Q2:10

Custodial History

Presumably acquired with MS Q2:5 (Welch's commission as Ensign, 99th Regiment of Infantry in Ny Militia, 1816).

Additional Information

Ultra-violet did not bring up the illegible annotation, nor reveal anything peculiar about either signature.

Processing Information

Fold-marks indicate formerly kept as 20.11 x 9.6 cm packet.

Guide to the American Presidential Legal Documents Collection
Commission to Hugh Welch
Finding aid prepared by alh, June 27, 1979. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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American Presidential Legal Documents Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS Q2:10, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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