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The bearer hereof, mr Robert M. Patterson , is son of mr Robert Patterson , professor of Mathematics in the college of Philadelphia , Director of the mint of the US. & a Vicepresident of the Philosophical society . having gone through his course of studies here he goes to Paris to advance his stock of knolege by the superior aids which that place affords. I have not the pleasure of being...
The interruption of our commerce with England , produced by our embargo & non-intercourse law, & the general indignation excited by her bare-faced attempts to make us accessories & tributories to her usurpations on the high seas, have generated in this country an universal spirit of manufacturing for ourselves, & of reducing to a minimum the number of articles for which we are dependant on...
The bearer hereof, mr Smith , is the son of Gen l Smith of Baltimore , whose revolutionary services, as well as his civil station among us, that of a Senator, & a distinguished one of the United States , cannot be unknown to you who have taken so long, & so friendly an interest in whatever regards, or is done in the US . his son , who wishes to qualify himself to be useful to his country...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your letters of Jan. 20. & Sep. 14. 1810. and, with the latter, your Observations on the subject of taxes. they bear the stamps of logic & eloquence which mark every thing coming from you, & place the doctrines of the Economists in their strongest points of view. my present retirement & unmeddling disposition make of this une question oiseuse pour moi . but...
In answering the several very kind letters I have recieved from you, I owe to yourself, and to the most able and estimable author of the Commentaries on Montesquieu to begin by assuring you that I am not the author of that work, and of my own consciousness that it is far beyond my qualifications. in truth I consider it as the most profound and logical work which has been presented to the...
My last to you was of Nov. 29. & Dec. 14. 13. since which I have recieved your’s of July 14 . I have to congratulate you, which I do sincerely on having got back from Robespierre and Bonaparte , to your ante-revolutionary condition. you are now nearly where you were at the Jeu de paume on the 20 th of June 1789. the king would then have yielded by convention freedom of religion, freedom of the...
The newspapers tell us you are arrived in the US. I congratulate my country on this as a manifestation that you consider the it’s civil advantages of our country as more than equivalent to the physical comforts and social delights of a country which possesses both in the highest degree of any one on earth. you despair of your country , and so do I. a military despotism is now fixed upon it...
I am just returned from the journey mentioned in mine of May 15. and find here yours of May 26 . I see that you do not despair of your country . but I confess I foresee no definite term to the despotism now reestablished there, and the less as the nation seems to have voluntarily assumed the yoke, and to have made, of an usurper , a legitimate despot. what can we hope from a mind without moral...
Nothing, my very dear and antient friend, could have equalled the mortification I felt on my arrival at home, and receipt of the information that I had lost the happiness of your visit. the season had so far advanced, and the weather become so severe, that together with the information given me by mr Correa , so early as September, that your friends even then were dissuading the journey I had...
A mail left us this morning which carried my letter of Dec. 31 . the messenger returning from the post office brings me yours of Dec. 20 . requesting the immediate return of your letter to the equinoctial republics. I had just entered on the reading of it, & got to the 10 th page: but on the receipt of your letter, as another mail goes out tomorrow morning, and no other under a week, I now...
I recieved, my dear friend, your letter covering the Constitution of for your Equinoctial republics , just as I was setting out for this place. I brought it with me, and have read it with great satisfaction. I suppose it well formed for those for whom it is intended, and the excellence of every government is it’s adaptation to the state of those to be governed by it. for us, it would not do....
I have just recieved a letter from M. de la Fayette , inclosing me the copy of one to you from M. Tracy dated Jan. 30. he is, as you now know, the author of the Review of Montesquieu . he sent it to me in the fall of 1809. but it was not until the spring of 1810. that I could engage the translating & printing of it. Duane then undertook both; which he did not complete till July 1811. on the 10...