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17 February 1805, Amsterdam . “I have the honor to transmit you inclosed a Copy [not found] of the Arret of this Govt lately taken to prevent the introduction of contagious maladies into the Count[r]y —as many of these regulations are new & some of them peculiarly severe you will doubtless judge proper to have translation made of said Arret for publication in the American Papers for the...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 6 July 1805, Amsterdam. “I have this day been honored by your favr of the 28h May & I hasten to reply thereto that although I have not copies of my letters which Mr Damon refers to in his publication I believe them generally correct. Indeed the Confidence I placed in Mr D at that time & before was more fully evidenced by having left my consular Powers on both my visits...
I would hereby beg leave to call your attention to a subject materially interesting to the Commerce of the United States with this country by representing to you that our Citizens are obliged to pay aditional duties on their importations from & exportations to this Country over & a bove, what is paid by any of the European Nations which have intercourse herewith—making according to the best...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 24 December 1805, Amsterdam. “The inclosed Gazettes will give you a relation of the very surprising & splendid events which have lately taken place on the Theatre of the War in Germany & which have led to an Armistice that will in all probability be followed by a peace on the continent, leaving Great Britain once more to combat alone with the colossal power of France...
I had the pleasure to acquaint you a few days past of my safe return to this City, since which I have been informed by our Consular Agent at Rotterdam that many embarrasments attended the Am’n trade there—several vessells loaded with Tobacco being prevented from discharging their Cargoes because they had called in England for orders & were not furnished with the Certificates required by the...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 10 August 1805, Amsterdam . “I embrace the opportunity by the return of Mr Rittenhouse to send for publication in the national Intelligencer at Washington & in the Phila Gazette , at Phila. a Statement relative to the subject of my late letters which I hope will prove Satisfactory to you & my fellow Citizens at large. While I sincerely regret the unpleasant...
Relying on the candor & liberality of your mind & reposing myself on the Sentiments of Justice which influence your conduct publick & private, I am encouraged once more to address you in regard to my situation here. I recollect to have seen in some address or letter of your venerable predecessor the following sentiment "That a thing to be right ought to reasonable". I have unceasingly &...
§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 30 August 1805, Amsterdam . “I had the honor to write you a few days since via Baltimore mentioning the renewed depredations made on our navigation bound here by the British Cruisers in virtue of late orders from that Govt. —and it appears now that it is a system become general on the Seas—our outward as well as inward bound Vessells in all the European Waters are...
In conformity to my practice towards your predecessors in Office I here transmit the latest Leyden Gazettes & shall continue to do so regularly by every opportunity which presents. This paper contains a late tho’ correct & generally impartial account of the most material events occurring in this scene & cannot be read but with Interest at a moment when the political page is filled with such as...
22 October 1803, Amsterdam . Informed JM “a few days past” of his “safe return to this city.” “Since which I have been informed by our Commercial Agent at Rotterdam that many embarrasments attended the Am’n trade there—several vessells loaded with Tobacco being prevented from discharging their Cargoes because they had called in England for orders & were not furnished with the Certificates...
I am just favored with the receipt of your Circular of August 1s. and shall pay due respect to the Contents. Whatever may have been the practice in that regard in other Consular offices of the U.S. it is a Source to Satisfaction to me that no register or Sea letter has been issued from my office during the Eight Years I have Occupied it, nor any document whatever giving tittle to a Vessell...
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...
10 July 1804, Amsterdam. “The present unsettled & confused State of Europe tending to invite important emigrations to the United States as the asylum of liberty & social quiet—I have recd. many applications both from Germany & Switzerland on this subject & particularly to know if our Govt. would be disposed to afford any facilities to Persons thus desirous of emigrating either as it regards...
Mr. Changuion lately appointed by this Government as Minister to the United States, will have the honor to deliver you this Letter. The special motives which may have induced this appointment at such an early stage of the existence of the actual Government & in a state yet so unsettled of the general relations of the Country; as also of those of the United States with Great Britain, will be...
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...
Happy in that easy access to the first Office in his Government which is alone the pride of an American and the Ornament of his Court; and which is now rendered still more flattering by the amiable qualities of the Person who fills that important Station; I am emboldened to ask your Excellency’s Attention (in any moment which may be unoccupied by the vast concerns incident to your situation)...