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I am honour’d with yours of the 19th. Inst. I received a Letter from Capt. Jackson dated at Bilbao the 12th. in which he mentions nothing of his departing thence for America, so that I should have continued to expect him here, if he had not written positively to you of that Intention. Mr: Barclay, the Consul, too, I thought would have been here before this time, and I know not what detains him...
LS : Massachusetts Historical Society; AL (draft) and incomplete copy: Library of Congress I am honour’d with yours of the 19th. Inst. I received a Letter from Capt. Jackson dated at Bilbao the 12th. in which he mentions nothing of his departing thence for America, so that I should have continued to expect him here, if he had not written positively to you of that Intention. Mr: Barclay, the...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I received the honour of your Letter, dated the 12th Instant, wherein you inform me that “the Owners of the Vessels will certainly ask a much greater Advantage on the Freight now, both on Acct of the Season and the Want of Convoy, as on Acct. of the heavy Expences they were put at by Come. Gillon’s leaving their Ships behind; but if Proposals were made...
LS : Henry E. Huntington Library I have lately received from your Father for your Use, a Bill of Exe [Exchange] on Paris, at 30 Days sight, to the Amount of one thousand three hundred & fifty Livres Tournois: I this Day sent it to Mr. Grand, Banker, Requesting him to get it accepted & when due to receive the Money & hold the same at the Disposition of your Father or self. I mention’d both, not...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress On reading over again, and reconsidering your Papers, it did not appear to me necessary that I should write to the Ministers in your Favour, the Recommendations you bring directly from Congress being superior to any that could proceed from me; and it would be absurd in me to suppose that mine could add weight to them. Being however truly sensible of...
I congratulate your Excellency on the late great Event. I received yours of the 12th. I wrote my Mind fully on the Subject of the Goods in mine to you by Mr. Fox, which I suppose must have come to your hands soon after that Date. Gillon wrote to me that Mr. Searle and Jackson were gone to France.1 As it is so long since, and they are not arrived, I suppose it may be true that they are gone to...
LS : Massachusetts Historical Society; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I congratulate your Excellency on the late great Event. I received yours of the 12th. I wrote my Mind fully on the Subject of the Goods in mine to you by Mr. Fox, which I suppose must have come to your hands soon after that Date. Gillon wrote to me that Mr. Searle & Jackson were gone to France. As it is so long...
AL (draft): Library of Congress I received your Favour by Mr Hobart. I caus’d an Application to be made to Almon in Behalf of Mrs Barry, but do not learn that it is like to meet with any Success. As the Transaction was between yourself & him, no other Person but you can claim with Authority: I must therefore beg for the poor good Woman’s Sake, that you would do something effectual in it. I...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I received the Letter you did me the Honour of Writing to me the 1st of September. It was by Order of Congress that I directed the Offer of Money to be made you, but it would be a Pleasure to me if I could be otherwise useful to you. If you have furnish’d any Correspondent here with a distinct Account of your Property in the several retaken Vessels you...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress Mr Franklin presents his best Respects to Mr Hobart, thanks him for the Notice of his Departure, and heartily wishes him a good Journey. Enclos’d is a Letter for Mr. Pownall. The late Event, if it might contribute to bring forward a Reconciliation, would indeed as you observe be a happy one: But I do not think your Nation yet sufficiently dispos’d to...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I received your late Favour without date, and immediately ordered 100 £ Sterling in the Hands of Mr Hodgson to be at the Disposition of Mr President Laurens. Please to inform me how he does. My last Informations which came from the Lieut of the Tower thro’ Sir Grey Cooper, were that he was very well, & that he was perfectly satisfied with the Treatment...
AL (draft): Library of Congress I receiv’d the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 26th of last Month: In answer to which I ought to inform you, that I was born in America now near 76 Years since; that I never was in Ireland till the Year 1773, which was for a few Weeks only, and I did not pass from thence to America with any Person of my Name, but return’d to England, nor had I...
AL (draft): Library of Congress I received my dear Friend’s kind Felicitations, and thank him for them, and beg him to accept mine in Return. The well founded Joy too of our excellent and most amiable Friend, doubles mine. Her great Sensibility sometimes gives her Pain, but the same must make her Pleasures more exquisite. I enjoy with her the great Honour her Sons have acquir’d in fighting so...
LS : Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft): Library of Congress Your very obliging Letter communicating the News of the important Victory at York, gave me infinite Pleasure. The very powerful Aid afforded by his Majesty to America this Year, has rivetted the Affections of that People, and the Success has made Millions happy. Indeed the King appears to me from this and...
LS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania Je Vous fais de tout mon Coeur, Monsieur, sur votre bonne fortune en Amerique, Mon Compliment. La santé de Mr de Maurepas, m’affecte si vivement que la prise de Cornwallis, ne ma Pas procuré les transports que J’aurois eû, sans la Situation dun homme a qui Jai été extremement toujours attachée. Je vous prie de ne pas douter de la Sincerité des Sentiments...
Copy: Library of Congress I have just received your Letter of the 14, Instant. I am sorry for your Misfortune in being taken: But congratulate you on your Escape and safe Arrival in France. I suppose the sale of your Boat will furnish you with some Money to help you and your People in going to L’orient: But lest that should meet with Delay, I hereby acquaint you, that you may draw on me at...
(I) Copies: William L. Clements Library, Library of Congress; (II) AL (draft): Library of Congress; copies: William L. Clements Library, Public Record Office; incomplete copy: Library of Congress Of the Credit I have lately ordered, thro’ Mr. Grand, of £400.. 15.. 0. sterling, I request you would hold 100£ at the Disposition of Mr. Laurens Prisoner in the Tower, & that you would acquaint Mr....
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress Mr Andrews, an American Merchant, informs me, that he has an Affair of Consequence, which is to be determined by your Judgement: And as he has long been detain’d here for want of his Papers which are but lately arrived, and a farther Detention from his Family & Business in America, will be extreamly prejudicial to him, he has desired of me to request...
LS : Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy: Library of Congress I have the honour of sending to your Excellency some Advices I have just received. As the Letter from Virginia was received at New-Caste, a Town on the Delaware 40 Miles below Philadelphia, and probably after the Date of your Letters from thence, perhaps you may not have heard before, that M. De Barras had joined M....
LS : Indiana University Library; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I received yours of the 10th and have sent your Letter to the Farmer General, which I hope will have the Effect you desire. The Congress by one of their first Regulations exempted from Capture the Property even of British Subjects coming bonâ fide to settle in America, and of course that of their own Citizens to be drawn...
AL (draft): Library of Congress I hope you will have the Pleasure of receiving, with this, your long absent Son, who appears to me a valuable young Man. On the Receipt of your Letter, I wrote to a Friend in London to furnish him with what Money he should have occasion for to bring him hither, which was done; and here I deliver’d to him the second of your Letter of Credit on Messrs. Couteulx &...
ALS : Massachusetts Historical Society The Bearer, Mr Fox, is a young Gentleman of Philadelphia, Son of one of my old Friends, and otherwise well recommended to me by some of the principal People of that Place. I beg leave to present him to your Excellency, and to request for him your Counsels, Civilities and Protection, of which I am persuaded you will find him deserving. With great Respect,...
LS : Archives de la Marine; copy: Library of Congress Le Major Franks qui aura l’honneur de vous remettre la presente, est un officier au Service des Etats Unis, qui est venu par l’Espagne pour quelques affaires particulieres du Congrès et qui s’en retourne avec les Depêches de son Ministre à cette Cour et avec les miennes. Comme je desire beaucoup qu’il ait un Passage Sure, Je supplie votre...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania; transcript: National Archives It is long since I have had the Pleasure of hearing from you. I hope your Health continues. If Mr Fox, to whom I give this Line, should visit the Hague, I recommend him warmly to your Civilities. He is a Gentleman of good Character, and for whom I have a great Regard, not only as an American and the Son of an old Friend,...
LS : South Carolina Historical Society; AL (draft) and incomplete copy: Library of Congress I received your very kind Letter written at Sea off the Coast of Spain. I thank you for the friendly Hint contained in it respecting my Grandson: I see that what you propose for him might have a good Effect; but I have too much Occasion for his Assistance, and cannot spare him to make the Voyage. He...
I have been honoured with the following Letters from your Excellency during the last Month, viz. of the 4th. 10th. 18th. 22d. 22d. 25th. 26th. and 27th. which I should have answered sooner, but that I waited for a safe Opportunity, having reason to believe that all your Letters to me by the post are opened, and apprehending the same of mine to you. I send herewith the Covers and Seals of those...
LS : Massachusetts Historical Society; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress I have been honoured with the following Letters from your Excellency during the last month, viz. of the 4th. 10th. 18th. 22d. 25th. 26th. & 27th. which I should have answered sooner, but that I waited for a safe Opportunity, having reason to believe that all your Letters to me by the post are opened, and...
ALS (draft): Library of Congress Enclos’d I send you some late Letters of Ben’s to me, by which you will learn his Welfare. I have agreed to take here an American’s Bill for 100£ Sterling lent him. I shall send it to you when I receive it, and I desire you to lay it out for me in a Share of the Bank. I am well, and shall soon write to you more fully. I have ordered Casks of the best Claret to...
Copy: Library of Congress The Person who will have the honour of presenting you this Letter, is Made. [Madame] Montgomery a Lady of Philadelphia, who has brought over with her an only Son for the purpose of giving him an European Education. I have recommended to her the placing him at Geneva; and as she purposes residing there herself while he shall continue at School, I beg leave to request...
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress Upon the Receipt of yours, relating to Messrs Gouvernier & Curson, & Dr. Witherspoon, I wrote to a Correspondent in London to furnish them with what Money they might have Occasion for. The two former did not want any Assistance, the latter took 20 Guineas, which enabled him to come hither where he found a farther Credit from his Father. I shall always...