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Immediately on the reciept of your letter recieved on the 25th. I informed mr Jefferson that I would pay him for you 156.67D on the 13th. of July and 533.33D on the 10th. of August. on a rigorous attention to dates I found I was obliged to take three days more of July than you had desired. I now inclose you Bullock’s deed, & that for the parts of the warehouse owned by the three girls,...
I recieved your letter (without date) with great pleasure, for it always gives me pleasure to hear from Edgehill. in return for your news from thence, I have none to give you from this place which would interest you, except that mrs Harrison Smith is well, dined with me the other day, & desired me to present her love in the first letter to you. she is now in the country at a neat little box...
I find by the inclosed letter from Henry Sheaff, that after having been once an immense sufferer as security for Robert Morris, he is now likely to be so again as security for Peter Kuhn. a man in distress may be pardoned the error of supposing that in a public transaction he can have a resource in the private regard of a public officer. but considering him as an innocent security, for a very...
2854Notes on Digging, 30 June 1805 (Jefferson Papers)
In digging for the Western offices of the President’s H. the following assortment of labour, appeared well balanced. 3. diggers 3. loaders 3. carts (1. horse) 2. drivers the earth was carried about 200. yds. CSmH .
The Southern Piazza The 5. arches of this piazza are to be closed by 2 square sashes, both hoisting up, & 1 semicircular sash, fixed. these sashes have been made by mr Oldham, & I presume are here The necessity that both the square sashes should be hoisted up, requires a singular finishing, that is to say there must be an architrave (like a door architrave) from the floor of the Piazza, to the...
Accounts five & thirty years, since the Date of this Transaction, spent in the regular Discharge of public, & private Duties, with an Uniformity of Tenor which I am not afraid to rest on the Verdict of those who have been known me—   They will judge of me by my whole Life, & not by a single false Step taken at the Commencement of it   To you I have said these Things, because I have known you...
I return you Morris’s letter, claiming for Kibber paiment of the bill to be drawn on us for monies due from France to Comfort Sands a bankrupt of whom Kibber is the assignee. the government is in this case merely the channel of paiment. as it is liable to no process from a court, it is bound to do voluntary justice, & precisely as a court would direct if it had authority. the money, claimed by...
I recieved last night your favor of the 28th. and much regret that my omission to mention the Christian name of the mr Ludlow correspondent of mr Barnes, in my letter to Capt Hazard should have led him to present it to the wrong person. mr Charles C. Ludlow was the one meant, & to whom the remittance was made. I have seen a letter from him to mr Barnes acknoleging the reciept of it, &...
The inclosed copy of a letter to mr Lincoln will so fully explain it’s own object, that I need say nothing in that way. I communicate it to particular friends because I wish to stand with them on the ground of truth, neither better nor worse than that makes me. you will percieve that I plead guilty to one of their charges, that when young & single I offered love to a handsome lady. I acknolege...
{ dated March 1st.  Omissions in mr Wagner’s list Mar. 7. Daniel Coffin of Mass. Collector & Inspector at Nantucket v.   decd. not issued  11.
The answer to Morris is perfectly well as it leaves the case open for decision as the fact or law shall be. I have dropt a line to Sheaff to address either yourself or the Comptroller on his case.—the prospect of avoiding a loan is really most pleasing. I observe mr Livingston is arrived, and the newspapers seem to suppose the call for the French money will soon take place. you have not told...
Capt Hazard to whom a sum of 231.D 09c remitted you on my account by mr Barnes, was to have been paid, and who was thereof advised by me, but with an omission of your Christian name, called by mistake on mr Daniel Ludlow, who was so kind as to pay it without particular advise. I wrote to mr D. Ludlow yesterday a request that he would call on you for the money and having the last night recieved...
The failure to send your commission has been an act of forgetfulness of my own, as it should have been with you in time I have directed it to be made out to-day & sent by this evening’s post, under date of the 1st. inst. so that you will recieve it by the mail which carries this letter. Accept friendly salutations and assurances of great esteem & respect. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Your letter of June 27. was recieved in due time. and I referred it to mr Gallatin to know what indulgence could be granted in the case which was the subject of it. the following is an extract from his answer. ‘I do not recollect any instance of a suit on a revenue bond in which I have interfered. the district attornies have on some occasions as I understand, assumed the responsibility of...
Messrs Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond informed me some time ago that about the last of May, the sent two boxes of mine to you, the one to be forwarded to mr Peale at Philadelphia, the other to myself here. I heard some time ago of the safe arrival of the one at Philadelphia; but hearing nothing of that which was to come to me here, I have feared some inattention of the master of the vessel...
Notes for consideration & for instructions to any armed vessels which may be sent out to protect our commerce on our coasts. Preliminary questions. Do the laws authorise the putting vessels in commission for the protection of our commerce other than against Tripoli? if they do not, should we not do it at our risk & ask an act of indemnity from Congress? what vessels? the Adams & Baltimore brig...
Notes for consideration & for instructions to any armed vessels which may be sent out to protect our commerce on our coasts. Preliminary questions. Do the laws authorise the putting vessels in commission for the protection of our commerce other than against Tripoli? if they do not, should we not do it at our risk & ask an act of indemnity from Congress? What vessels? the Adams & Baltimore brig...
Th: Jefferson incloses to mr Smith a rough sketch of his first undigested ideas of the matters to be considered at our meeting on Monday next, which he prays him to consider maturely before hand. Affectionate salutations. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 1st. inst. I am now within 8. or 9 days of my departure for Monticello, & having to make arrangements for near three months absence. I find it will considerably facilitate them, if I can anticipate each of the paiments for my tobo by getting corresponding discounts in Richmd. I therefore now inclose you my note for 1000. D. with a blank for the date which...
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly & respectful salutations to mrs Dearborne. thinking she appeared pleased with the taste of the Tokay wine, & wishing to avail himself of every opportunity of doing what may be agreeable to her, he sends her three bottles of which he asks the favor of her acceptance. he wishes he could have enlarged this offering to her friendship; but it is the half of what...
My servant Joseph having informed me that there was a coal vessel in Alexandria which would probably return to Richmond I now send a number of boxes &c which I must ask the favor of you to have consigned by her to messrs. Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond, freight to be paid there. I send also a small box for a different destination. it is for Commodore Preble, and contains an instrument of...
Since my letters of the 19th. & 20th. of July 1804. I have recieved your favors of Oct. 6. Nov. 14. 25. Dec. 3. 1804. & May 15. 1805. as also some articles of fruits Etc. for which I pray you to accept my acknolegements. the pipe of Arruda wine came also safely to hand, and is indeed of very superior quality. I should be glad to recieve always of exactly the same quality, adhering to the rule...
Th: Jefferson presents his affectionate salutations to mrs Madison & thinks the case she shewed him the other day (with ear-rings & a pin) will answer mrs Randolph’s views. he begs leave to remind her of the request for such a comb exactly as she sent before. he sollicits her on his own account, whenever she shall happen to be shopping, to get a garment for him to present to Virginia, another...
I have recieved by Capt Tingey the hogshead of Marsalla wine you were so kind as to send me, for which I pray you to accept my thanks. altho’ not yet fined (which operation I always leave to time) I percieve it is an excellent wine, and well worthy of being laid in, in stock to acquire age. gratified by this mark of your attention it was natural for me to feel a wish to give you a proof of it...
I do not know whether it is owing to your laziness or mine that our letters have been so long intermitted. I assure you it is not to my want of love to you, and to all of those about you, whose welfare I am always so anxious to learn. but it is useless to discuss old bankrupt scores. we will therefore burn our old accounts, and begin a new one on the 1st. day of October next.   I have expected...
Your favor of May 15. came to hand some days ago. mr Madison’s dispatches by the last post will have substantially answered the most important part of it. insubordination and opposition will be tolerated as little in whigs as in tories. at the same time it is very afflicting to me to see those who have been useful in restoring the ascendancy of the whig principles of our constitution...
I inclose you a pamphlet from mr Biot a member of the National institute which he desires to have presented to the society. I inclose also his letter containing a request, which perhaps was meant to be addressed to the members individually, or such of them as might have an opportunity of making the observations he wishes for. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of esteem & respect. PPAmP .
I have just recieved your favor of the 5th. instant. I have for some time been anxious to find the shortest way across the state of Virginia, through the middle counties to the Southern States, being persuaded 50. miles might be saved to the mail & the traveller & a better road obtained. I am totally indifferent to all the intermediate interests, having only the simple object of getting the...
1805. July 8. Present the 4. Secretaries. privateers are now blockading Charleston, the capes of Chesapeake & Dealaware and capturing vessels without the smallest pretext, merely because they are rich. it is determd by unanimous consent (except mr Gallatin, who dessents) that the vessels being some without commns, some with insfft commns & some doing what their commns do not warrt all of which...
It is represented to be expedient that some permanent partition & appropriation should be made of the public buildings at New Orleans for the accomodation of the public functionaries. the Government house should doubtless be ascribed the Executive. there are then the Legislature of the territory, the courts of justice, the custom house, the military corps. the military & marine hospitals...
The inclosed letter merits serious attention. notwithstanding the favorable opinion I have hitherto entertained of Symonds. when facts are specified & the persons named who can prove them, I do not see that we can avoid instituting some enquiry. tho’ the writer keeps his own name back, it is impossible but that the letter would shew there who was the writer, and he might thus be obliged to...
I have not yet recieved the dispatches from Capt Lewis which we know to have arrived at St. Louis. it is probable they are coming on by a special messenger who travels slow. in the mean time I inclose you a newspaper account which is probably authentic, as it is understood to come from Capt Clarke. in the Aurora you will see another account containing some additional particulars. as you will...
On enquiry I found that the small balluster for your Corinthian madillion, if made in composition, must be in 2. halves to be glued together, which as they warp a little in drying would make a bad job. Mr. Lenox being at work in the house, undertook to enquire what they would cost turned. the best turner in the place said he ought to have 6. cents a piece, but would do them for 5. I therefore...
To answer the question in your letter of the 4th. I must observe that neither the number of the fine arts, nor the particular arts entitled to that appellation have been fixed by general consent. many reckon but five Painting, sculpture, architecture, music & poetry. to these some have added Oratory, including, within that, Rhetoric which is the art of style & composition. others again, add...
Being within two or three days of my departure for Monticello, a press of business has prevented my sooner acknoleging the reciept of your letter of the 7th. the sum appropriated by Congress for furnishing the President’s house is small in comparison of the size & wants of the house, which is very large and as yet has been very scantily accomodated. the sum now appropriated will barely furnish...
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful compliments to mrs Smith, and being charged with those of a distant friend of hers, he cannot give better evidence of them than her own letter, which he incloses with his salutations. DLC : J. Henley Smith Papers.
I inclose you a draught of the US. bank here on that at Philadelphia for 253 D .33 c now due for a former supply of iron to that amount. Having occasion to make a remittance to Alexr. Stewart on account of his father, & not knowing his address, I have taken the liberty of inclosing to you the letter to him covering the remittance. as I presume his address is known to you & probably not known...
The Polygraphs for mr Volney, Commodore Preble and the President’s Secretary have been all recieved in good order and are found good. the portable one for myself is also recieved, and is approved in every respect except perhaps in one part, on which I have not had trial enough to decide. it seems to copy the first 4. or 5. lines of the page with defects of nearly half the lines: sometimes...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments & his thanks to Mr. Buxton for the drawings he has been so kind as to send him of a still for the distillation of sea–water. it has been for some time under his contemplation to have that process familiarised to our ships of war, which lose important time in going for water. with mr Buxton’s permission, his designs will be considered with a view to that...
Your favor of the 6th. has been duly recieved. the treaty with France stipulates what is suggested in your letter. French decrees also insert the cause of condemnation.—with respect to Gr. Britain, it is some time since we gave instructions to propose a Convention for the same purpose. the considerations you urge will furnish proper grounds for further pressing the subject. Accept my friendly...
In consequence of the assurance in your letter of the 9th. I have this day drawn on you for 300. D. payable to Wm. A. Burwell or order, 100. D. payable to David Higginbotham or order. I rely on the same source for paying the 156.67 assumed by me for Craven Peyton paiable early this month; the balance to go to my credit with you. I likewise inclose two notes of 1000. D. each to be discounted at...
I have just time to acknolege the reciept of your favor of the 10th. & to inform you that should you continue disposed to purchase a farm in the neighborhood of Charlottesville, you cannot be better advised than by mr George Divers, & mr Thomas M. Randolph (my son in law) both of that neighborhood. I shall see them in a few days and will recommend to them attention to any request of that kind...
In the moment of my departure for Monticello I recieve letters from Capt. Lewis by which I percieve he has sent about 6. or 8. packages, filled with very curious subjects from the upper country of the Missouri, to St. Louis, from whence they will be embarked for N. Orleans to your care, to be forwarded to me. altho’ I know you will give them all possible attention, yet I could not avoid...
I have left Lewis’s large map with a servt. to be carried to your office tomorrow morning. it is the 29. half sheets which contain very accurately his survey of the river & no more. mr King being with me this morning I gave them to him to be reduced to a scale of 20. miles to the inch for engraving. Mr. Pringle has declined the place of Attorney general, it is therefore now in my power to...
Of mr Redick I know nothing, not even the place or state of his residence. dating a letter ‘at Washington’ & ‘in America’ is about equivalent. I inclose you his letter ‘ut saleat quantum valere potest.’ On the subject of the Maysville petition I have no other information than that contains. it is written with some eagerness for their object. to feel passion is lawful for them: not for us. I...
I recieved yesterday the inclosed petition from sundry persons engaged as laborers in some of the public works, in which, they complain that the wages allowed them are too small, considering the actual price of bread & other necessaries. I ought to do nothing in this case which I should not be ready to do on application from every work-yard in the US. this single reflection will convince them...
Memorandums for mr Lenthall. In the cellar put shelves 2 f. 6. I wide, around the whole room, the shelves to have 12. I. clear between them. The wall of the ice house to be raised 5. f. above the common floor of the offices, & there covered flat with boards, tongued & grooved to keep the dust from falling thro on the ice. On the North side, & at the top of the wall should be a square opening...
1805. July 14. Wiandots, Ottawas, Chippawas, Munsees, Delawares, Shawanees, Putawatamas. all the country between the Connecticut reserve & the Northern boundy establishd by the treaty of Greenville containg abt 1,200,000. as. for an annuity of 825. D. = 13,750. = 1 ct. per ae Aug. 21. Delawares, Putawatamies, Miami’s, Eel rivers & Weaus. (at Grouseland) [from the mouth of the Kentucky to the...
Your favor of July 10. finds me in the moment of my departure for Monticello. I should otherwise have been happy to have recieved you here and to have added my personal respects to the confidence your government has justly reposed in you. I have entire hope that your long residence in this country will have produced every disposition on your part to cultivate peace & friendship between it and...
A press of business has prevented me from sooner acknoleging the reciept of your favor of June 18. altho’ I do not feel myself entitled to give an opinion on questions to which the members of the new military institution are solely competent, yet being requested by you, I shall frankly express it as my opinion that if you appoint all the members of the legislature to be members of the...