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Observing by the Papers that you are one of the Commrs: appointed for purchasing part of the public Debt at Markett in which you will doubtless probably wish to employ an agent—if this Should be the Case—Mr Woodward occurred to my mind as a person well calculated for such an employ—both for integrity & a thourough acquaintance in this kind of business—having been for a long enrolled in the...
It gives me sensible pain to be under the necessity of troubling you further with my personal concerns amid the weight of your public Cares: but entertaining the fond hope that you are not totally disinterested in my welfare, I am prompted to observe to you, that upon my arrival here I found Mr. Keith had been pushing all possible force for the Marshalship of this District, a place which I...
I had the honor to address you not long since (via Hamburg) acquainting you that, notwithstanding the best exertions of our Minister at London (agreably to the instructions of the Secy of State by your order) no chance whatever remains to me for the recovery of a large property which was condemned by the Admiralty Court of England about eighteen months past—on the principle & for reason that I...
I beg leave just to call to yr recollection my having informed you (when I had the honor to see you last summer at New york) that I had suffered in the loss of a large property by the verdict of the Court of Admiralty of England—founded on the circumstance of my being an Inhabitant of this Country—you seemed to be of opinion that being in a public capacity my residence here could not be...
There are certain Subjects which become more eligibly communicated in writing than in Person. among these are priorly ranked such as have a personal reference; hence my apology for this mode of requesting once more a renewal of your influence with the President & Mr. Jefferson towards my attainment of such a situation in the foreign employ of my Country as I may be capable of fitting with...
As I was unwilling to be totally idle, I have employed some of the hours of leisure, which the deprivations of buisness has lately given me, to throw on paper a few crude observations on the existing state of Affairs between France & the UStates: a copy of the original in English I forwarded sometime past to the Secy. of State: since which, I have translated it into french with some aditions &...
Pardon the liberty I take, and permit me to call to your Excellency’s recollection, a Person who at the time the Committee of Convention for framing this State’s Constitution were sitting in this town, requested to be taken into your Offices, as a Student of law, and had your promise to be received if the services of your country should not call you abroad; but which proving to be the case in...
I was honoured by the due receipt of your obliging favr. of Augt 30th for which you have my Cordial thanks—I am sensible of the justness of your observations relative to the Presidents nominations, and doubt not they will be all made free from any partial bias whatever, and on the principles of humanity, Wisdom, & justice to his Country, whose best interests, have been his uniform study and...
I am pleased to find that the President in his late Speech to both Houses of the American Parliament has specifically called their attention to Foreign Affairs and to those necessary provisions, preliminary to his nomination in that Department. The rising Consequence of this Country in the scale of Nations will doubtless be a subject of much political & commercial speculation in the European...
I am in this moment favoured with a letter from Mr Bourne informing of my having lost my Object in the mint Department & I’ll assure you my Dr Sir the impression on my feelings is severe indeed—as I presume you had not the least doubt of my success from your conversation last had with me. I have on the strength made arrangments which will result injuriously to me—such as borrowing some money...
Boston, November 1, 1789. Asks Hamilton to “Give me leave Dr Sir to request the favr of being in your remembrance should any situation in the Treasury Department occur in which my abilities may be equal to rendering my Country service.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Bourne applied for several posts in the government in 1789 and 1790. In June, 1790, George Washington appointed him...
Having been absent in the Country, it was not till yesterday, that I had the honour to receive your favr of the 10th Inst. I had (as you supposed) been previously informed of the issue of an affair, which tho’ ultimately without your controul, had, I am confidant, the support of your most friendly exertions. My letter to you of the 10th in a degree anticipated the present answer to yours of...
I have the honor to send you inclosed a letter just recd from Mr. Christopher Winckelbech of Basle—I presume it refers to the desire which many of his Countrymen possess of emigrating to the U States & on which subject I have lately made several communications to the Secretary of State—Should our Govt be disposed to make any arrangements for facilitating said emigrations I think that I might...
I beg leave to acquaint you that Mr Lusac printer of the french Gazette at Leyden lately presented me an Account for his Papers, sent you in the years 93 & 94 while you filled the Office of Secretary of State requesting its transmission for payt. but presuming you received them in your official Capacity I veiwed it as a just debt from the U States & having explained myself accordingly to our...
The aggregate result of that investigation, which I have made of the sentiments of the members of Congress relating to the Consular System, of this Country, tends to weaken my expectations of ever returning again to the West Indies, and the more especially as the present state of Hispaniola renders still more precarious than before, every pursuit of a mercantile nature:—but faint as my...
I have observed by a late American Gasette that in your reply to the General Assembly of Pensylvania you had absolutely declined to be considered as a Candidate for the Office of President of the U States at the ensuing Election having resolved to retire of all future Public Employ. On this occasion I beg leave to tender you the hommage of my highest respect & to convey to you my sincere...
Cape François, 29 Apr. 1791 . Arrived and presented credentials on 16 Mch. Still awaits recognition “but cannot obtain any decision of the business: being constantly put off by the most equivocal and evasive Conduct on their part. One Day am informed that the Convention does not extend to the Colonies—the next that as my Commission is unacompanied by a letter from the Secy. of State, they...
As the preliminaries of a peace between Great Britain & France were signed at London on the night of the 2d Instant, we now approach that period when with the war will cease the necessity which that occasioned of having many Certificates of divers kinds from the Consular office & will of course reduce the income of this one to a mere trifle—In this position of the case may I be permitted...
I herewith transmit you these successive numbers to this date of the Leyden Gazette: It is difficult at this moment to add much to the contents of the public papers relative to the position of Europe which will ere long receive a more correct & decided modification by the Congress destined to meet at Amiens: we can only Collect from the tenor of many Official documents which have lately...
Thirteen years residence abroad in foreign Countries having in no degree diminished the affection I bear my own, nor impaired the obligations I owe to its Govt, it is with heartfelt Satisfaction that I have heard of the late acquisition of Louisiana by the U: States, through means equally temperate as they are honorable to the Agents of this important negotiation. It affords indeed a source of...
Cape François, 30 June 1791 . He has not been favored by any communication from TJ since his of 27 Apr. After more than three months he has not been officially received, despite his “arguments … drawn from the tenor of explicit compact, and conveyed in firm but cool language.” They reply that they have never been officially notified of the Consular Convention, it cannot be registered, and of...
I duly received the letter you did me the honour to write me of Augt. 14th. covering a duplicate of yours of May 13th. which I acknowledged the receipt of, in a letter dated July 5th that must probably have reached you before this. Prior to the receipt of your last I had concluded upon embarking for America soon as every prospect of obtaining a reception here had ceased. Particulars, I shall...
I have the honor to transmit you herewith a work published by Mr Stipriaan Luscius Professor of Chemistry at Delft on the subject of a new invented Bathometre—or Sonde de mer —with a modell thereof, both of which he sent to me a few days past to be forwarded on to you—On the other page you will find a copy of my reply to him herein. It appears that an Armistice has lately been agreed on...
I have the honor to transmit you herewith a letter just recd from the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Hague accompanied by a copy of its contents to my address. With sentiments of highest respect I am yr ob Sevt. Amsterdam Octr 28h 1806. Sir . The preceeding letter is the copy of one I had the honor to address you yesterday ⅌ the Magnet Cap. Bowles for Boston by whom I sent the letter...
Being absent from this place on a journey I was not honoured by the receipt of your last favor till yesterday.—I perfectly acquiesce in your relation of the circumstances attending my acceptance of the Consulate of Hispaniola while I recollect that at the time you observed it was very uncertain what arrangements Government might think fit to make relating to our Consuls abroad you gave it as...
Your letter of the 2 d May covering one for the Secretary of the 1 t Class of the Royal Institute of Arts & Sciences here was duly recd this day (p r the Hornet Brig of war arrived in France —) & the Inclosure
At the time I had the honour of addressing you last, I was in expectation of forming such a mercantile connection, as would have induced me to return to the west Indies; but the late repeated bad news from that quarter, has discouraged the Person who contemplated this connection with me from any further pursuit of it. I now therefore beg leave (agreably to your advice as to the mode of...
As you are acquainted with the embarrassing situation in which I have laboured for some years & which has now reached a point bordering on distress , I take the liberty most respectfully to mention to you that I have made an application to the President of the U States to be named to fill the Consular vacancy in London when the State of our relations with that Country may render this...
New York, 25 [i.e. 24?] Mch. 1790 . Having had the honor of an introduction to TJ he feels he may disclose his wish for public employment and refers to “the Vice President and Chief Justice of the United States, the Secretarys of the Treasury and War Departments” for information, but is conscious that capacity to serve the public is “the only proper ground of my expectations, as the only one...
I had the honour some time since to acquaint you of my intentions of embarking for Cape Francois by the middle of this month, but the want of an opportunity has hitherto prevented me and I wait yet some days for a Vessell bound to that Port. You was pleased to suggest in your last the peculiar necessity of my departure as it related to the public and I doubt not under these circumstances your...
I lately had the honor to address you on the Subject of My present painful position being deprived of any income whatever for my support by the peculiar State of the Affairs of Europe claiming the fasn. of your attention herein. Since the date of the letter alluded to, I have the one from our Minister at Paris in reply to what I had wrote him on this Subject in which he expresses himself as...
I humbly beg leave to present to a view of the Supreme Executive of the U States my truly unpleasant situation here at this time where a variety of circumstances interesting to the U States & the Citizens thereof oblige me to remain at my Post while by the present position of European Affairs I am deprived of an income whatever I indulge the confidence that the Government of our Country may be...
New York, 19 Apr. 1790. Requests TJ to deliver officially to the President the enclosed memorial and to acquaint him with Bourne’s qualifications for a diplomatic or consular appointment. His concern for the public good forbids him to solicit a particular post, but if he is appointed he will endeavor to merit the public’s confidence. RC ( DLC : Washington Papers, Applications for Office); 1...
[ Philadelphia ], 17 June 1793, “Mrs Dunns No 153 markett street .” Having made a contract with Mr. Morris that will enable him to return to Cape François, he urges TJ to consult with the President about resuming his old consular commission or his reappointment to the place, a necessary condition of his present plan; as his former commission bears the endorsement on his reception, perhaps it...
By Mr. Polanen who returns to his residence as Minister from this Country to ours, I take the liberty to convey to you my regret in finding that the Memorial I caused to be presented to Congress in course of last Session had not met with the desired Success, which (from the expressions made use of in the report of the Committee on that Subject) I am induced to think was rejected from a...
Capt: Nathl. Harvey of the Ship Eliza of Baltimore Joseph Street & others owners died here on the 7 Novr. last & not having prior to his decease appointed any one to take charge of his effects I esteemed it to be my duty to attend thereto agreeably to the Law of the UStates in such cases. I herewith transmit my accounts with said Estate that you may take Steps as the Law provides for...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 31 March 1806, Amsterdam. “I have lately received from the Department of State two Copies of a Pamphlet entitled, ‘An Examination of the British Doctrine which Subjects to Capture a neutral trade not open in time of peace’ and I have perused with much interest this monument of deep research & critical investigation of the principles of the Laws of nations & their...
Having just seen by the Amn. Gazettes that it has pleased the Supreme Executive of the U.S. to locate the Diplomatic Mission at the Hague, I shall regard this event as one imposing an additional obligation on me to attend to that current of political information which may any ways interesting to the U. States & convey the same to you in course. I have no doubt that this Batavian Govt. will in...
10 August 1801, Amsterdam. Hastens to forward the enclosed from Murray, since it conveys conclusion of matters with France. Hopes nothing else will disturb American peace during the European war, which he fears is not near an end. Reports that “negotiations [between France and Great Britain] are said to be much interrupted within a few days past.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Amsterdam, vol. 1). 1...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 7 November 1805, Amsterdam. “I send you herewith Sundry Leyden Gazettes by which you will perceive the astonishing progress the french are making in the heart of Germany as well as in Italy & indeed unless the Prussian Cabinet decides on uniting with the allies I regard their cause as lost. What the latter powers will determine is yet problematical though by some a...
Inclosed are some intermediate numbers of the Leyden Gazette just recd. & which serve towards completing the Sett for the last year. If about the time of my return to Holland in the Spring any circumstances arising out of our foreign relations should render neccessary a temporary special Agency or commission from our Govt to any part of Europe, I should be glad of the employ as it would be an...
17 May 1805, Amsterdam . “We had yesterday a report that late letters from London advised the conclusion of a treaty Offensive & defensive between G Britain & Russia in which it is said other Northern Powers would join —we however wait the Confirmation thereof. “The ravages made by the french fleets in the West Indies seems to have excited much alarm in England— which is still enhanced by...
Having lately had the honor to address you Pr the America Capt. Seton I have nothing Special to Communicate at this time except that of my having Sent home by this Conveyance (the Ship Sheperdess Capt Nelson,) sundry Amn Seamen who have come on here from Condemned Amn Ships in France the Certs; of which will when ready be transmitted duly to the Treasy of the: U States. I hope these may be...
12 November 1801, Amsterdam. States difficulty of defining current political situation in Europe or predicting its ultimate form. Upcoming congress at Amiens will undertake this business; promises to communicate results. Adds in a postscript that late changes in Netherlands are a “visible departure” from the principles that gave rise to the revolution. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Amsterdam, vol....
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 20 February 1806, Amsterdam. “I take this occasion to repeat by way of duplicate that it may tend to relieve our navigation in this Country from considerable embarrasment under the operation of the quarantine Laws—if the Bills of health taken by the masters of our Vessells in the respective Ports of their departure are accompanied by a Certificate from the Commercial...
Inclosing you the Leyden Gazette of this date I avail myself of the opportunity to express to you my regret at finding by the Gazettes of our Country, that the memorial which I had the honor to transmit your Predecessor last fall in behalf of the Consuls of the U States, has not met with the expected success in Congress, which I think must have resulted from a misapprehension of the nature &...
I transmit you in course the Leyden Gazettes to this date. Nothing can be added with propriety at this moment to the Contents of the public papers in regard to the political state of Europe, which may undergo material Changes by the Congresses which are about to meet at Amiens Ratisbon & Lyons. The Winter will however most probably pass over before their deliberations are matured & made known....
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 23 July 1805, Amsterdam. “The inclosed Gazette contains a note of the Russian Minister (who was as far [as] Berlin on his way to Paris to Converse on the subject of peace) of a nature to exclude for the present all hopes of accommodation—the probable result will be the vigorous renewal of the War on the Continent early in the ensuing Spring—but how far even their...
I conceive it to be my duty to acquaint you that the rigorous execution of the decrees of this Govt. which forbid the entry in to this Country of either Ships & Cargoes or Persons which have been in England has given rise to many difficulties & embarrassments of the most perplexing nature & will render it expedient that the Commerce of the U States should be duly advised thereof in order that...
I embrace the earliest occasion which presents of forwarding you the inclosed from Mr. Murray as it conveys the pleasing intelligence of his having at length succeeded in bringing all matters to a close with France. I now indulge the hope that nothing else may arise to disturb the tranquillity of the U States during the existence of the War in Europe which I fear is not yet near its end. The...