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Your favor from Paris of the 9 th. Instant has been some days in hand. I thank you sincerely for the intelligence both public & private contained in it. The florishing state of our American Commerce is a sufficient indication of our growing prosperity; it is if possible, perhaps too rapid for our benefit, though it might be difficult to inspire our Countrymen with such a belief. Upon the...
Your favor of the 10 th: curr t: has just come to hand, and as I find a vacant moment, it cannot be better employed than in renewing my thanks for your kind attention to the Commission relative to my Books. I have requested M r: Bourne to refund the Cash paid by you on my account, as the prospect of my seeing him before you, is perhaps greatest. In my letter of the 4 th: inst t: I gave you...
I thank you for your favor of the 19th: instt: and for the information as to the orders you have given respecting my books, of which I desired you to take charge. The said books are however, as I am lately informed, now in the hands of Mr: Bourne at Amsterdam, who will transmit them to you by the first opportunity. The period for converting foreign loans into domestic debt of the United States...
Your favor of the 25th: currt is at hand and agreeable to your suggestion, I enclose letters for America to go by the first vessels—I shall always distinguish duplicates of dispatches by the figure 2 . at the left corner, as on the enclosed—by which you will be able to distinguish them from originals and prevent their getting on board the same vessel. We have seen the correspondence, documents...
In one of your last letters to my brother you ask for my dispositions of a certain box addressed to me, supposed to contain sigars for smoaking—In the first place, then I beg of you to use & dispose of them as of your own property, if you are yourself addicted to smoaking and, if not, secondly to keep them in your possession until I call for them which, if my calculations do not fail, will be...
Your favor of the 6th: currt. is at hand. It is true, that I mistook the statement in your preceding, respecting the exchange, but now comprehend it better. I agree with you also in opinion as to the propriety of drawing now rather than at a future day. Money in Holland will probably find less opportunity of improvement than hitherto. As it respects myself however, security is all I want for...
Your’s of the 16th: with an enclosure for my brother came to hand last night. We hear also from New York that the Livingston faction is numerous, powerful & perhaps the prevailing one in the late elections, both for the State & Congress. How is this? It is idle to talk of patriotism & federalism with such facts as these before us—It is even doubted whether Mr: Jay is re-elected. Seven...
Upon my return from a short excursion to Pottsdam, where we passed three very pleasant days, I received your obliging letter of the 4th: currt and thank you for the detail respecting the Hamburger’s accommodations. My voyage I rather think now, will be deferred until after the autumnal equinox say commencement of October or last of September, because possibly by that time a person may arrive...
Your very acceptable favor of the 14th: currt: was received by me 10 days after its date, at Dresden, where I have passed a few days with much satisfaction, in examining the various objects of curiosity to be found in that City and in admiring the richness, fertility & beauty of the neighboring Country. I had formed high expectations of the place before I saw it, and I can safely say that the...
I thank you for your favor of the 4th: and the enclosures therewith for my brother. Although one of these letters was from home of the 14th: July it contains no news but what you will have collected from the Captn. Logan is received & the Embargo nominally raised, but too equivocally yet to be trusted. Wonderful act of justice & generosity! Why, all the ships embargo’d in their ports dont...
I wrote you on the 9th: instt: a letter, which I gave to a friend of mine, going to Hamburg the next day. He has probably forgotten to deliver it and as it contained a request for you to take passage for me on board the Elizabeth Letter of Marque, provided you approved her accommodations, I take the liberty to repeat the request from an apprehension that the first has failed. I wish to...
Your favour of the 14th: inst: came to hand last night a little time after my letter to you had gone to the post; its contents however may serve to regulate you as to engaging my passage, but I will add further, that as the season is so far advanced it would be imprudent to defer my passage for the sake of having accommodations quite to my liking—if therefore a clever Captain & good vessel...
That I have hitherto given you no account of my voyage since my arrival is imputable to the unsettled state in which I have been from the time it took place to the present moment. I have made a visit to Philadelphia to see my father, have passed nearly 10 days at New York—and for this last fortnight have been here with my Mother, whose state of health, though far better than it was during the...
I address you again after a short interval from the date of my last, having little more to say than that hitherto we are all in health, which I doubt not you will be glad to learn. We have had several attempts to conjure up the yellow fever among us, and I have no doubt that cases of it have already occurred, for towards the close of the last & beginning of the current month the weather was...
Between the 8th: & 16th: instants I have been fortunate enough to receive your several agreeable favors, of July 6th: August 10th: 15th: 17th: & 28th: with sundry pamphlets &ca: &ca: for all which please to accept my thanks. The muskets by the Connecticut are likewise recd: in good condition. By the speedy passages of the Hamburg traders this season, we have been furnished with very recent...
I know not whether I have acknowledged the receipt of any letter from you, since your favor of the 18th. September, which I received about two months after its date. Several communications from you have reached me within a short period, viz. The few lines accompanying the two Bills of Lading of the articles procured by my desire and shipped on board the Nancy, which arrived safe at NewYork...
On my return last evening from a short journey into the interior of this State, I received your favor of April 7th: accompanied with No 10 of Le Precis militaire. The two last preceding Numbers have not yet come to hand, nor any letter of a later date than December 3. From my brother I have no accounts so late as from yourself. Just before my departure from the City, I recd: a letter from Mr:...
The Ship Pennsylvania sails for your port, tomorrow and I avail myself of the opportunity to thank you for the 8th: & 9th: Nos of Le prècis which came to hand a few days ago, with a line from you of the 1st: May—I have also received from England the Numbers of Le Mercure, up to March of the currt year, and I learnt with much concern the death of the learned Editor of that work, by the same...
On the 12th: of last month I received your favor of the 30th: May, which is the most recent of my European advices—I have not a line from Berlin for a period of more than six months, although I cannot accuse myself of any remissness in writing. These things were not wont, so to be, but I doubt not the Minister has a reasonable excuse—I must scold a little more directly than I have done or I...
Since my last to you, I have none of your favors, although I have within a week past received three letters from my Brother with your mark upon them. The last of these came to hand this day & was written while my brother was upon his journey to Silesia. The details of his travels are very interesting. The most remarkable domestic occurrence, since the date of my last, is the discovery of a...
Since my last to you I have received none of your favors; but a fair opportunity presenting, I shall address you a few lines rather for the sake of preserving the habit of writing by every opportunity, than for any thing interesting to communicate. Our annual election was held in this State two days ago; Members of Congress were to be chosen, as well as for the State Legislature. The...
After I had closed my letter of yesterday and delivered it at the Coffee house, I received your favor of the 31st: August, accompanied by one from my Brother of the 1st:; both of which came by the Voltaire. I have already acknowledged the receipt of several letters from my brother, which have been forwarded by you; among which were doubtless those, which he was so anxious should reach me;...
A ship called the Cleopatra sailed from this port a few weeks since without bearing any thing for you from me, which I desire may be attributed to my want of notice, that she was about to depart—I now enclose you the sequel of the Port Folio, and at the same time have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 8th: December, which came to hand on the 5th: instt:. In return...
Your favors of the 7th: & 31st: of March & 3d: of April, are yet unacknowledged, though they have been some time received. No vessel has sailed directly for your port Since I last wrote, until the Ship Benjamin, on board of which I sent you a packet of the Port folio. I also sent a packet for my Brother, but I apprehend he will have left Berlin before it can arrive, though possibly he may not...
Your kind favor of May 11th: is this day two months old. I received it with great pleasure about an hour ago, and as I expect to be off, on Tuesday next, the 14th: currt for New York and Boston, I shall have no time, but the present, to thank you for it, and also for the letters from my Brother, which accompanied it. I must do justice to your fidelity & attention in forwarding, with...