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Tho it is probable, that the subject may reach you & Mr. Jefferson in some other way, I think it a duty to submit the two inclosed scraps to his and your perusal. They are some of eight or ten which have come on. The pamphlet of Mr. Cunningham (of whom or his deceased father I never heard till within a week) has reached the ultra federal men here within a day. I not heard of or seen any copy....
I took the liberty on the 31st. Ulto. to address a letter to you, which was covered, with some parts of news papers, to Mr Madison. In the dusk of the evening, two packets on my table were closed and, inadvertently, that to you was closed before revision, and taken to the post office. The direction at bottom to both of you was omitted, which you will be pleased to consider the same as this;...
The extraordinary operations against the cause of self government is manifest in the old world, and the unprecedented combination against Liberty under name of the holy alliance, together with guarded but effective cooperation with them on the part of Great Britain, and some of the minor powers appear to threaten the world, in which we must prosper or suffer and act with many trying...
The extraordinary operations against the cause of self government is manifest in the old world, and the unprecedented combination against liberty under name of the holy alliance, together with guarded but effective cooperation with them on the part of Great Britain, and some of the minor powers appear to threaten the world in which we must prosper or suffer and act with many trying...
I have heard of a collection of the debates in Congress between 1790 and 1800, which are to be shewn to me and will at least direct my searches and attention. Perhaps want of money, which exists in the case, may occasion a sale. If it should I shall make the terms known to you. Our state after 41 years, and with only 700 to 800 slaves in 1810 are about to pass a final abolition act, paying...
I should have replied sooner to your last favor, but I had hoped to find some of the debates &ca, for the ten years, which you do not possess. I am sorry I have not yet succeeded, and I fear the rarity of them and the constant purchases by young & rising public men, foreigners, libraries &ca. may disappoint me. I will however keep your wishes constantly in view. The Missouri case has...
In consequence of a very kind letter of the 13th Ulto. from Mr. Jefferson, in which he recognizes me as one he is pleased to stile “ a fellow laborer indeed, in times never to be forgotten ,” & to treat me as a long tried public and personal friend, I have been led to reply to him, in considerable latitude. I was, at the moment of the receipt of his letter, meditating an application to Mr....
You are one of the last persons to whom it is necessary to observe how comfortable are the exchanges of the heart among those who are united in principles at once virtuous and noble. I feel all that belong to such circumstances in the perusal of your letter of the 13 th ult o It is true that I aspired to be the fellow laborer (juvenile and modest) with superior men. I have been amply repaid by...
During your investiture with the office of President you were so good as to confer the appointments of Midshipman on two of my Sons. One of them, Henry Sidney Coxe on the return of Peace was induced by me to withdraw as I feared the influence of the severities of the service, would certainly deprive the family, his father & himself of his life. His symptoms were decidedly hectic. I induced him...
I beg leave to place, on the table of your library, the inclosed addition to my original Memoir on cotton. Never did my anticipations of any subject in our affairs issue in a conformity of subsequent events so considerable as in this case. The price alone has proved more steady and undiminished than But India Cotton has been sold in England at 6d to 10d Steg for the best, dam[as]k, and...
I took the liberty to cover to you, by a late mail, a couple of printed copies of the Memoir on cotton, with some material additions, since it was returned in March last: It is not thought safe to publish it in the News papers, or, in any other way, to suffer the suggestions to come into the view of rival foreign governments or cotton growers. A ship, with 2200 bales of British E. I. cotton,...
I was honored by your letter of March last on the 11th. of that month. The papers inclosed came safely to hand. The subject of the cotton culture, commerce and manufacture can never cease to be of primary interest to any man who understands and feels a concern in the means of promoting the wealth of the United States. The present embarrassments of the maritime commerce of the world, in which...
Since I had the honor to submit to your consideration the object to which my recent memoir related, accounts from GBritain & India, the arrival of unprivileged American Vessels with invoices of cotton wool from in our ports and other circumstances have more deeply impressed me with the importance of the Subject. I beg leave to add the enclosed document A as an appendix to the Memoir. A region...
An affair in which I have no interest, but that of a citizen, whose property is landed, has occurred to my observation with so much force, that I have considered it a duty to attempt to attract to it the most respectable notice. It is above thirty years since I submitted to you in our return from the convention at Annapolis, that the garden cultivation of cotton on the Chesapeak bay convinced...
I am informed by my friend & neighbour Mr. Du Ponceau, that he has received a letter from our Consul Mr. Lee, at Bordeaux, from which he understands, that Mr. Lee is about to leave his residence & station there. The causes and circumstances are apparently political connected with the opinions, feelings and prejudices, which have grown out of the period between the arrival of the late Emperor...
In the winter of 1806/7, the writer of this note was so deeply impressed with the despotic military course of the governments of Europe, that a fixed anxiety took possession of his mind on account of the secret hostility to our form of Government, which he believed to be the theory of all & the design of some of the official statesmen of the old world. Among the most efficient means of defence...
I have the honor to offer to you my most grateful and respectful acknowledgements for the appointments of Midshipmen, conferred upon my two Sons, James & Henry. I have the particular satisfaction to state, that Commodore Rodgers, upon the evidence of Character & preparation in the case of the elder, has been so good as to station him on board the Guerriere frigate: and that Commodore Porter,...
I have the honor most respectfully to state, that the Attorney General of Pennsylvania has expressed a second Opinion, that there is an incompatibility between the Office I hold under the State & an office under the United States. Wherefore it proves, as I mentioned in my resignation of the 14th. instant, which I had the honor to transmit to you, impracticable for me to perform the remaining...
I had the honor by yesterdays mail, before entering upon my Pennsylvania office, to transmit to you a letter of resignation of the office, duties and agency of Supervisor &ca. This step was taken from an apprehension that an incompatibility of that duty & agency might occasion it to be considered impracticable for me to perform them, while I was Clerk of the genl. Quarter Sessions under...
I have the honor to respectfully to represent to you, that the Governor of Pennsylvania has been pleased to commit to me, the Clerkship of one of the state courts. This Appointment renders it impracticable for me to finish the business of the old revenue service of the United States. The Mass of what remains relates to the secondary & subordinate officers, who have in most instances disputed...
I had some time ago the honor to apply to you for the favor of Warrants, as Midshipmen in the Navy for my Sons James Sidney Coxe & Henry Sidney Coxe. As I am not acquainted with the course, which it has appeared to you proper, or which it may be found practicable to adopt in those cases, I have taken the liberty, by this mail, to request of my friend Jonathan Roberts Esquire, to enquire, in...
During the last twelve or fifteen months two of my sons have pressed upon me an application to the government, in their behalf, for Warrants in the Navy. I have devoted myself to the Collegiate & professional education of my seven sons (one of whom I have lost) and hoped, that they would be able to establish themselves in civil life, subject to a volunteer exertion in the military service of...
The admission of new states, and particularly of Louisiana, and the representation, on consideration of slaves having been incorrectly used to create eastern dissatisfaction, in this Crisis of our country, it has appeared to be a duty to give those two points a careful examination. The inclosed paper relates to one of them, but it takes one more to do bare justice to that perverted topic. It...
From my knowledge of the Reverend Mr. W. White, Commr. of Loans & of John White Esqr Collector of the Revenue, I beg leave, on their application, respectfully to submit to you an opinion, that a Son & Nephew of those two gentlemen will be a safe & proper person to receive the honor of a place in the Corps of Cadets. I have the honor to be, Sir, your most respectful Servant, RC ( DNA : RG 94,...
Mr. Cose most respectfully requests the favor of the President to peruse, in the democratic press of this 24 Septr., a paper on the subject of “ the balance of Naval power ” in the whole or parts of the 1. 2. 3 & 4th. inner Columns. This great and costly power, he humbly conceives, should be thoroughly investigated. It was new in 1791. It is so large & has so many sides, as not to be very...
The Comme. of Defense determined, on Thursday (I think), the 15th., to request a comme: from each ward to be appointed to receive from them a communication, which they could not make publickly. Saturday, at 10. OClock, was appointed to make it: Committees were to be appointed in the short interval by the 120.000 persons (or the freemen among them) in the city and various suburbs. Notices were...
The inclosed view of the British population is most respectfully submitted, at this crisis. Physical strength, except as to recruits to serve in the Atlantic, tho less than among the whites is a fair item, in relation to estimates of the value of even the E. Indian population. Seapoys, sailors, cutters of ship timber &ca are commonly derived from that country. But if we consider all the...
In proportion as new, solemn and unlooked for duties and trials come upon you, I find myself supported by my confidence in your heart and mind and public & personal exertions. Three of my sons are gone to the field in the Philada. volunteer corps which marched last week, one remains assistant Secy to the general committee of defence, and is enrolled in a company which forms part of stationary...
I respectfully request permission to submit to your perusal the enclosed papers, merely for information. You will appreciate the injury to the service & myself from the unprecedented exclusion of a late officer from his books and papers. Mr. Mifflin, late deputy commissary, who first made the obstructions appears on the books a debtor in $444. & never returned an answer to my request that he...
A real necessity for relief, and not an intention to injure any one obliges me to make the address, which I have now the honor to present, with the most sincere regret. You will remember, that in the latter part of March 1812, a law was passed to abolish the Purveyors office and establish those of a commissary general & deputies. In the beginning of April W. Jones Esqre was appointed Commy...
I think it my duty confidentially to make known to you, that I have drawn a respectful memorial to the S. of the U.S. upon the subject of the difficulties, which I conjectured would arise there, and some which from symptoms I suspect, base and malignant as they are, to have been imposed upon that honorable body. How highly ought I, under all the circumstances with which you are surrounded to...
It has been my lot to be a trespasser upon your goodness, which has been very great and to my whole family most important. An opportunity this day presents of avoiding the possible chance of objections that do not arise in your circle of authority. The post office in this city is vacated by the death of Capt. Robert Patton. It is a permanent office. It is I believe a valuable one. It is in the...
I had the honor to receive your commission, of the 8th. instant for the office of Collector of the direct tax & internal revenues, thro the hands of the commissioner, to whom, in compliance with his printed circular, I made known my acceptance of that office instantly, by the return of the mail. I also proceeded to prepare & perform such other things, as the laws and instructions pointed out,...
I presume you will receive, by the mail of this day, or tomorrow an account of the death of Gen. Macpherson. It took place last Night at his country house, near this city. This event has brought up to my mind the permission, which I had the honor to receive from you through Mr. Gallatin—to address you on the subject of the office on the expected occurrence of the event. Since Providence has...
I hope and trust, that the air and partial relaxation of Montpelier have restored you to the blessings of health, under the advantages of a constitution, which, tho not robust, has never been in any degree sacrificed to irregularity. Having seen the various laws in relation to the new revenues, which have been enacted, and hoping that you will indulge me with a few minutes upon my own subject,...
I am encouraged by your goodness, expressed thro Mr Gallatin, to trouble you with a letter on the same subject as my last, after having obtained from my brother, of the House of Reps., the loan of his file of bills in relation to the revenues, and offices creating at this session. I have read & considered the bill relative to the office I formerly held, and I perceive that it is wisely...
I hope this letter will find you restored to that state of health which your personal happiness, and those of your family and your country require. The new revenues will occasion the want of suitable officers for a very difficult service. I have not seen any of the bills which create the offices. I understand that the office of Commissioner of the Revenue is restored, that there will be no...
Mr Coxe has the honor respectfully to transmit the enclosed to the President, as the best disposition he can make of it, within the views of the writer. Mr. Coxe begs leave to remark, that he does not remember any thing very material, in the case of the gentleman applying, but believes he was employed in the care of the small foreign distillery near to Charleston. Mr. Coxe cannot suppress his...
In the course of my reflections upon the intended negociations at St. Petersburg, I find my mind equally solicitous for a pacific issue , and for an issue, which may be found regular at public law, as it was received and considered in 1783 & from thence till the commencement of the wars which have arisen from the late European revolutions. The Former object of solicitude is immediate peace:...
I really am unable to excuse myself, in my own mind, for the troublesome applications I have so repeatedly made to you. I have presumed far, in offering objects for my own benefit to your consideration. But the close of the busy and anxious session of congress, and the tranquil commencement of your new term, seem to make the present time a season of less pressing engagement, and I yield once...
Mr. Eustis, the late Secretary of War, on his way to Boston, remained two or three days here. During the time I conversed unreservedly with him. He informed me that it had been understood at Washington that I was in a very good way in business. I had no opportunity to learn from what source such a representation could have arisen. I understood that it had reached you & was probably credited by...
I respectfully trust you will excuse this second letter, when you know the circumstances, under which it is written. Since I had the honor to address you on the 17th. Instant, I have received very urgent tho’ polite applications from Jacob Eustis, Esquire, of Boston, Messrs. Gansevort & Lagrange of Albany & Aaron R. Levering, Esquire, of Baltimore all late agents for this office to Settle or...
It is only from a desire to reserve from the public files of the war department an application, which might wear the appearance of complaint, where none is intended, that I have ventured to do my self the honor to address the requests in this letter to you. In the week preceding the cessation of my operations as Purveyor, I made applications to the war department for the name of an officer...
I had the honor to write you a hasty line at day light yesterday morning. Suffer me to obtrude upon you a few personal and public considerations. I sincerely believe that a considerable portion of our present difficulties have arisen from the injuries to the operations & system of supply, which have grown out of the measures since the spring of 1809 upon the subject of its organization. I am...
I am astonished to learn that Mr. B. Mifflin deputy Commy died yesterday suddenly. I entreat your consideration of my name for the office, or for that of Mr. Duncan, under all the circumstances of my family. I say with Sincerity that the times require my appointment to the D. Commys. office. Mr. Irvine is a mere lawyer, unacquainted with the walks of trade. I write at the dawn of day, having...
It is with sincere reluctance, that I trouble you upon the subject of a vacancy which I am told has been created, this day. It is understood that Capt. C. Irvine has been appointed Commissary Genl. I submit myself to your consideration for the office of Supt of military stores, of the duties of which I have had many occasions to think and much opportunity to acquire information. Tho it is not...
I have the honor to inclose to you a copy of a paper, which is written, in part, with a view to exemplify the mode in which it is considered, that the press and the operations of the offices or of some proper agents ought steadily to develope the cardinal truths and the practical details, on which are to be founded those vast and important aids, which internal trade can afford to Agriculture....
The great intrinsic importance of Banking institutions, both associated and incorporated, will be considered, I trust, by you as a sufficient apology for this respectful solicitation of a small portion of your valuable time. The system of commerce and credit, and the laws of property in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland have been considered, as on the whole, the most perfect in...
It would be a matter of surprize to you, if you were to learn that any person, who ever felt a solicitude for the public happiness & safety, were easy in the recent state of our foreign affairs. The provision in the treaty dismembring the Dutch Country on the avowed ground of a rule drawn from the French constitution . between France & Holland, the complicated but consolidated power of France...
Ca. 26 May 1810. Discusses the need to encourage American manufactures and encloses some observations on a treasury report on the same subject. Lists merchandise now imported that might be produced in America (linen, iron, hemp, liquors), since European sources are likely to be cut off by war. Also stresses the need to encourage manufactures that will supply the means of national defense....