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I am now and then regaled with a few words from your store house, spread over as many lines, which brings to my mind very forcibly the words of Pope. “The weighty bullion” & you know the rest. As yet however I have nothing directly from your hand. I have been playing truant ever since I arrived, and begin to think it high time to attend my office more punctually. We have had Balls and dinners...
Your friendly & excellent letter of the 1st: & 10 instt have reached me at this place, where I arrived the night before last, having passed a few days at Baltimore & Annapolis on my way. My tour has hitherto been highly pleasing to me, and should it conclude as it began, I shall not regret having made it; indeed a more favorable moment could not have occurred, since had I remained in Philada:...
On my arrival here the day before yesterday I should have found your favor of the 28th: ulto: if I had gone directly to see Mr. & Mrs: Otis, as I ought; instead of which I went to make a wedding visit to Captain Henry, who left town for New York the day following, on his way to Rhode Island & Massachusetts—Mrs: H—— accompanies him & I have promissed to give them letters. Well, as I was a...
I have just now got your letter of the 7th: instt: and been made very happy by its contents:—I am quite ashamed of myself for not being so great a politician as you are, but the fact is I have thought for some time past, that politics is but a remote branch of my trade, and though I am not indifferent on any subject, particularly interesting to the public, I feel some listlessness respecting...
I had just wafered my packet for this day’s post when your’s with No 5. &ca: was handed me. You can form no idea of the pleasure I derive from your communications, which I hope you will not discontinue even should mine fall short of affording reciprocal entertainment. I have been occupied during a greater part of this week by an attendance on the Court of Nisi Prius now holden here—it will sit...
I am favored with your’s of the 23d: instt: and the enclosures—one of which is herewith returned. The Lieutenant Governor’s address is quite equal to my expectations, and there is little doubt with me, that he will rise a peg higher, merely, or chiefly because the people would not be united in any man of more capacity and talents. If any considerable interval take place prior to a new...
Your’s of the 2nd: is in hand, with the enclosures, which receive thanks. I am sorry you dislike short letters, because I shall make a excuse therefrom for writing more seldom & only when I have matter enough to fill my paper on all sides. Against this I am sure you will protest & on second reflection, will prefer frequent brevity, to scarce prolixity. Among my brothers books you will find...
If it be only to thank you for your favor of the 7th: I will deviate an minute previous to the meeting of Court; I thank you also for the Walpole paper, which entertains and delights me more than any of the literary productions of the Country. If there were an editor here of the same taste as the Walpole Bard, I should sometimes indulge an itching which besets me for scribling—I know not...
I have just come to Town after a weeks absence, with the intention of removing a small portion of baggage, which I had left behind, & return again this evening to the Country. The weather has been quite temperate during the last week and few, if any, new cases of the fever have occurred; indeed there is no unusual mortality at present, and we earnestly hope there will be none, but the season...
The 26th: instt. brought me yours of the 18th: & the 28th: that of the 21st: with accompanyments— Accipe gratias et incepto permanete . You anticipated my request to be informed of how the rituals were this year performed at Alma mater. I am, among other pursuits, attempting to renew my acquaintance with school & College books, for which I own I had little relish while they occupied me as a...
I came to town this morning to attend the Supreme Court of the United States, and as I had no other place to go to, I took possession, for the purpose of writing my letter of the Presidents house, whence I now address you from your own desk—Nothing has been yet done at Court, but an argument is fixed for tomorrow morning. Judges Cushing & Tredell are absent the latter is said to be sick. Chief...
The Statement in this morning’s paper on the subject of a certain nomination, is in some degree corrected—though still very erroneous—I wish much to see the whole truth, on that subject, laid before the public, from some quarter. The Sup: Court made a quorum, on Saturday—Judge Chase arrived & the Court was opened—but the paper enclosed still chuses to fire at him at a distance—The Judge...
I have not as yet acknowledged the receipt of your favor of the 30th: ulto: enclosing Mr: Paine’s Oration; but when I write to one of the family once a week, my conscience acquits me of negligence. I wrote twice to my mother last week. Your letter is not by me, but I recollect it noticed your having just finished “Davila’s history.” Did you ever read the discourses on that author written in...
I received your agreeable birth day tribute the day following the date of my last; since then the deadly pestilence has burst forth again with ten fold violence & every part of the City is more or less infected. The inhabitants are flying in every direction and not a room is left unoccupied at Germantown. I go there but seldom. The Banks and other public Offices are soon expected. New York, we...
I enclose, as directed, under cover to you, the Summary statement of services rendered at an important & critical period of our Country’s affairs, by an intelligent, brave, & observing Officer. I think it an hardship that such merit & such services are so soon obliterated from the recollection or so much out of the knowledge of Gentlemen now in Office, that a statement under the hand of the...
I have your favor of the 31st: ulto: with an enclosure for R. Peters Junr: which shall be delivered as soon as an opportunity of sending it, presents—I have not yet found means to forward the last enclosure you made me—which is rather the effect of misfortune than neglect, though you doubtless will think I have no excuse for being nine weeks within 3 miles of the Bishops, without having made...
Your’s of the 6th: saluted me on my return from a little excursion on a visit to the Bishop’s & Mr: Brecks—H Wyckoff my particular friend, called & dined with me on thursday, took me in his chair to the Bishop’s in the afternoon, where we paid our respects to his worship & the ladies, thence to the seat of Wyckoffs father; across the Schuylkill, where I stayed the night & in the morning of...
I received your obliging & copious communication of the 13th: and render thanks for the trouble you have taken to explain a subject, which had excited my curiosity & interested my feelings, but which, without your aid, I should have been unable to comprehend to my Satisfaction. I think it necessary only to observe in reply; that I fully concur in the opinion of the rectitude, propriety &...
Before I heard of your coming this way, sooner than was expected, I enclosed you in two packets, letters to different persons, & in each one from some of your correspondents—After hearing of your departure I wrote to my Mother requesting her to forward some & return others, which a letter from her of the 7th: informs me she has done. Your caution came too late, but no harm is done, at least, I...
I must beg you to congratulate the President & yourself from me, on your safe arrival in our neighborhood. Your journey was, I apprehend more favorable in point of weather than my mother’s is likely to be, for we have had very heavy rains & dull skies all the last week, more or less—Even on Tuesday, the all important 8th. of October, big with the fate of Pennsylvania, we had in the morning a...
I have only time to say that after the severe frost of last night & the night before, I conceived there was no danger in coming to the City— Of course came in this morning & find the town quite cheerful though the houses not generally open. Have been upon the hunt for an Office but can find none as yet. I go out again this evening—Our house in Market Street is aired in part, as I have had the...
I have yet to reply to your favors of the 15th: & 21st: instt:, that latter of which with the letters of Mr. Pitcairn, came to hand last evening. I have been anxious for some days on account of reports, which have been circulated with great zeal and industry, of a serious misunderstanding in the Cabinet at Trenton, and though I give credit slowly to the idle rumors of the day, I cannot but...
I have your’s of the 25th. and am satisfied with your account of certain matters & things, which wanted decyphering to my comprehension—I am not yet quite settled in the City, though very anxious of to be ing so—I should visit Trenton with pleasure for a few days, if I could take with me the information of having procured a place for an Office, in an eligible situation. I have one or two in my...
In the hope that before you leave the Fed: City my letter may reach you. I have to ask the favor of you to leave directions with any body who undertakes to unpack the books which were sent off to Washington, to pick out a volume of Dunford & East’s Reports, which was rather unwittingly packed up with several other books, legitimately my property, which have for want of a true claimant Shared a...
I enclose you a receipt from Watson for your last pr of Pentaloons, and Mr: Lynch’s receipt for the last quarter’s rent of the house; the last you will please to give to my Mother. Frederick, the Hostler, called on me some days ago, to give him a character, as a Coachman, saying that his own , was gone in his chest to Quincy, and praying me to write for it. I promised to do the latter, but was...
Mr. Latimer, Son of the Collector, of the Port of Philada: & Mr: Neal, a gentleman of this place, are about making a visit to Massachusetts. and I have recommended them to call on my friends at Quincy, which they have promised to do, and I feel a perfect confidence, that their being my particular friends & acquaintance, will secure them every attention & civility in your power to bestow. I am,...
I cry you Mercy, for deferring an acknowledgment of your favors of the 11th: & 14th: instts: to this late hour, but I have been busy for several days past, more than usual—. There are some things, which occur here from time to time that would furnish matter for writing about—such as the scandalous stories of Duane and Madam Peggy’s courtship—sham marriage to prevent bad or unlucky consequences...
I received in due course your favor of the 25th: ulto: together with the volume of Debates, Catalogue &ca: for all which I return you thanks—I have been but a negligent correspondent this Summer, compared with the last, for the plain reason that I have had more pressing claims upon my attention—You shall eventually lose nothing, however, by continuing your regular communications. The favorable...
I enclose you a letter for Mrs: Miller, who is gone to Boston with Captain Murray & Miss Breck—Mr: Reed has some letters for Miss Breck, which I will enclose to you shortly for her—I dined yesterday at Mr. Brecks and came to town in the Evening—This day fortnight we left Quincy—Our journey was very pleasant; though slow. I find every body well. Give my love to all at Mr: Fosters and at...
Yesterday I received the newspapers which you enclosed with my Mother’s letter of the instt:—& which by accident was sent on to Washington instead of Philadelphia—Moreover not having had time to read the papers yesterday, they were laid aside and I did not, until this morning, discover my Mothers letter, which was concealed in one of the papers. You will easily believe that the letter was more...
Your favors of the 28th: ult. & 4th: currt: are received—The post takes nine days to come from Boston here. This circumstance I know not how to account for, because even in winter, I had thought not more than a week was required—Perhaps however you are not very attentive to the regular Mail days any more than I am. I thank you for the newspapers, which I read with some interest. Junius...
This letter will be received by you from the hand of Horace Binney—You know him—He knows you—What more is necessary for me to add than that I am with usual esteem / Your friend MHi : Miscellaneous Papers.
I inclose you the Aurora of this morning which is pretty rich in contents. For some time past it has been too flat & insipid to compensate the trouble of sending it to you. I observe that the pieces under the signature of Decius are ascribed to H. G Otis—I have read but a few of the numbers, but I have no doubt the Author is clearly and rightly designated. The story he tells in his No 15 of...
Here you have some more of the genuine . “The Constitutionalist” is your Hble Servt Thomas Cooper Esqr: late of Manchester GB. now of Philadelphia Jail—A most potent & zealous advocate for the federal Constitution in opposition to “Mr: Adams’s” Defence & the Discourses on Davila. He has attained No. 6 in the paper of this morning, but it would swell my packet too much to send it, as nothing...
Please to deliver the enclosed letters to my Mother with my best thanks, and request her to send me the letter I left with her. I will endeavor to send you the series, ere long. I enclose you a receipt for the shoes I bought for Mrs: Johnson, which you will have the goodness to deliver to Mr: T Johnson who asked me for it when I was at Washington. If he chuse, he may pay it to you on my...
I thank you for your favor of the 3d: instt and the newspapers enclosed. I will endeavor to comply with your request, that I communicate with you more frequently, but I will be free to confess to you, that every year of my life, I grow more Selfish and less disposed to write letters, merely of friendship. You will experience the Same thing in a few years, & I believe you assigned the true...
I received your’s of the 10th: yesterday & am obliged to you for giving me so early information on the subject of the South Carolina election. I had the satisfaction of imparting it to many of my acquaintance, who looked very blue for the most part, though Some were much overjoyed. Our Sheriff Israel, was the first person who acquainted me with the letter from Genl Pinckney to Mr: Marshall,...
Mr: Charles D Coxe, the bearer, is going to the seat of Government to make interest for a Consular appointment. I beg leave to introduce him to you, and to ask your civilities towards him—He is at present a fellow lodger with me, and though a brother-in-law & Cousin of Mr: T— Coxe, he wishes me to assure you, that he bears no resemblance to him, but in name . I think I can do this with safety,...
I have given an introductory letter for yourself and one for my father, to a young man by the name of Charles D. Coxe; he will probably be at the federal City towards the last of this week. From himself I understand he intends making application for the Consulship at the Isle of France, and his reason for applying during the present administration he avers to be, because he is a federalist & a...
I have for several days been struggling hard against a violent cold, which has at length overcome me So far as to confine me to my chamber all this day—Dr Rush recommended a gentle bleeding, to which I have Submitted and found relief from it. I hope to be out again tomorrow— Several of your enclosures are yet unacknowledged—the Gazettes I got yesterday & the Treaty to day. I do not like the...
I send you a pamphlet for Yourself & one for the Secretary of State which you’ll please to present with my best Compliments— I have never read a more authentic history of the American Revolution than this little work contains—Strange that a foreigner at 4000 miles distance should understand so much better than 99 hundredths of Americans themselves, the principles on which they contended for...
By tomorrows Mail I shall send you a power of Atty to receive the interest due upon the Stock standing in my name in the Books of the Treasury and also a Substitute power to receive what is due to J Q Adams—I was uninformed of the necessity of applying before the removal of Govt: to have the Stock transferred— I send you a new-year treat, from Tom the Tinker—one of the Severest things I have...
I now enclose you the Substitute power of Attorney to receive at the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, all the interest due upon the Stock standing in the name of J Q Adams and my own name; but having forgotten till now that any of the Stock belonging to my Brother was in my name, you need not apply for that until I send you my power, which shall be done tomorrow. The long expected...
I enclosed you by the Mail of this day yesterday a Substitute power of Attorney to receive the interest upon the Stock Standing in the name of J. Q. Adams—I now send you a power to receive the interest due upon One thousand dollars Standing in my own name. You can transmit me the amount by a Post note which Mr: Dalton I suppose, if applied to will furnish. I am not confident whether he is the...
Your favors of the 8th: & 9th: instt: with sundry enclosures & pamphlets came to hand this day; and I beg you to accept my best thanks for the prompt and correct manner in which you discharged my Commission. I have now to request another favor of a Similar nature, which is to procure the transfer, at the Register Office, of the enclosed Certificates, six in number, and amounting to $5400. I...
Mr: Israel Wheelen the United States Purveyor, setts out for the City tomorrow—I shall charge him, if I can obtain the packet of pamphlets from Dickins, with the number which he can carry without incumbrance. You will invite him to our house and visit his Daughter Jane—if you can— I have received the two orders upon the Bank of the U.S. which you sent me. The P-folio has taken wind at...
I have acknowledged the Rect of the money you Sent me from T Johnson and likewise the two orders upon the Bank of the U.S. and enclosed two receipts from Dickins for your’s & the President’s subscription. My letter could not have reached you, so early as the date of your last (the 17th: instt:) The exertions you have made for the diffusion of Dennie’s paper are gratefully acknowledged by...
I thank you for your letter of the 23d: which came to hand this forenoon, & informed me of the rejection of the Convention—I suppose the Senate, since they have begun to shew their teeth, will continue to be surly, but I do not think they will negative the appointment of Genl: Marshall, as Ch: Justice—It is thought by some people I know, that Mr: Patterson was the most prominent character for...
I received the letter you enclosed me from my father on the 25th: instt: with a few names of members & others, for Dennie—I have sent you three or four setts already of the P— F— to be distributed and now enclose you another—The opinion, here is pretty general, that the journal of the Silesian tour is, by far, the most interesting of all the Contents—Indeed, whatever comes from the pen of that...
Lieutt: Parker of the Navy has kindly offered to take charge of a packet for you, and will renew his acquaintance with you, when he delivers it—Your attention to him while he is in your borders will be grateful to / Your friend MHi : Miscellaneous Papers.