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Yours of May 30. was duly recieved informing me you had sent by mr Randolph ’s boat 2 boxes lately recieved. these have since come to hand. the one was from Lemaire at Philadelphia , containing oil & syrops. the other was from mr Gelston of N. York and contained 3. doz. bottles of Burgundy wine. I inclose you his letter stating that he had recieved & should forward for me to you two
It becomes necessary for me to establish a correspondence somewhere for the supply of my groceries, that is to say, of sugar, coffee & tea and salted fish and I believe Richmond will be more convenient than Baltimore , Philadelphia , & New York , if to be had there on nearly equal terms. but as I know nobody there I must ask the favor of you to select the most eligible correspondent there for...
I did not know, till mr Patterson called on us, a few days ago, that you had passed on to Washington . I had recently observed in the debates of Congress , a matter introduced, on which I wished to give explanations more fully in conversation which I will now do by abridgment in writing. mr Randolph has proposed an enquiry into certain prosecutions at Common law in Connecticut , for libels on...
So entirely are my habits changed from constant labour at my writing table, to constant & active occupation without doors, that it is with difficulty I can resolve to take up my pen. I must do it however as a matter of duty to thank you for the dumb fish you have been so kind as to have forwarded, & which are recieved safely & are found to be excellent. but I do it with pleasure also as it...
Yours of the 9 th came to hand last night, and the course it suggested was like a ray of light beaming on my uneasy mind. indeed I know that had I time to consult Gen l Kosciuzko he would be delighted with the opportunity of accomodating me. and I accede to it with the more readiness, because before his departure he made me the depository & sole executor of his will , by which it appears his...
Immediately on the reciept of your favor of Apr. 22. I desired mess rs Gibson & Jefferson , my correspondents at Richmond to remit you the 18. D 25 c amount of duties of the two boxes of wine which you informed me you had recieved for me. this I trust they have done. in the mean time I have recieved one of the boxes containing 3. doz. bottles of wine (considerable breakage excepted) as you had...
Your favor of the 5 th was recieved on the 11 th & recieved with great joy. I had begun to despair of your coming, & in that case I must have proposed the rescinding the lease, for that it is a concern compleatly bankrupt everybody in the neighborhood seems convinced, and some (I am told, for I do not know the fact) have brought suits for their wheat, & others propose to do it. that there are...
I inclose you three letters from detained seamen which came to hand by the last post. Your favor of the 12th. was recieved at the same time. The intelligence by the Pacific gives me great anxiety. When I consider the tenor of the new order of council & the official exposition of it by the Lords of trade to the London American merchants (in the inclosed paper) and compare it with the engagement...
I inclose you three letters from detained seamen which came to hand by the last post. your favor of the 12 th was recieved at the same time. the intelligence by the Pacific gives me great anxiety. when I consider the tenor of the new order of council & the official exposition of it by the Lords of trade to the London American merchants (in the inclosed paper) and compare it with the engagement...
In the even current of a country life few occurrences arise of sufficient note to become the subject of a letter to a person at a distance. it would be little interesting to such an one to be told of the distressing drought of the months of April & May, that wheat & corn scarcely vegetated and no seeds in the garden came up; that since that we have had good rains but very cold weather, so that...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments & his thanks to Doct r Ricketson for his treatise on the means of preserving health & the pamphlets he has been so kind as to send him. he shall read the former especially with particular pleasure, having much more confidence in the means of preserving than of restoring health. he salutes D r Ricketson with assurances of his respect. PoC ( MHi ); dateline...
On more maturely considering the different objects for which the padlocks are wanting, I find I must entirely change the assortment of yesterday; that I shall want 12. locks assorted as follows. 8 my coachrooms 4. single locks to open with the same key. (1. returned. 3 remain) garden. 3. single d o to open with the same key, but different from the former all returned my stable } 3. double...
I recieved yesterday by your son a copy of a summons in the suit of Gilliam v. Fleming E t al. and have given him a proper acknolegement of it. altho’ not interested one cent in the issue of this suit (because whichever party is debtor to the other I pay a third & recieve a third) yet no one living is more anxious to have a final settlement of it than myself. having been the depository of the...
I recieved yesterday from the Master Commissioner Ladd a notification in the suit of Gilliam v. Fleming a notification to attend at his office on the 1 st of Aug. a settlement of the accounts in that case. altho’ not a cent interested in the result, no one can be more anxious than I am to have the settlement compleated. having for upwards of 30. years been the depository of the papers, &...
I recieved yesterday your notification in the suit of Gilliam v. Fleming that you should proceed to a settlement of the accounts on the 1 st of Aug. at your office. no person can be more anxious for a settlement than myself. for altho’ my interests being balanced on both sides, I have none at all in the result, yet having been for 30. odd years the depository of the papers, & more intimate...
Your’s of the 18 th came to hand on the 24 th . altho’ three posts a week leave Washington for this place Milton , & perform the rout in 2. or 3. days, yet from a negligence somewhere our letters are often a week coming to hand. with respect to the best mode of proceeding with your Merinos, I have no doubt, if you were able that it would be best for you to purchase as many ewes as the rams...
Your letter of June 16. by some accident of the post, was longer than it should have been on the way, which has occasioned the delay of the answer. having no acquaintance in Hamburg or Amsterdam , I can only send you a letter for Paris . in doing this, I have selected the person who of all others in France will serve you with the most zeal, & understanding of the subject, who will best know...
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...
Your three letters of June 16. 19. & 23. came to hand by our last post, and I now inclose you the two notes signed as desired. I am sincerely sorry for the transfer of this debt into the bank, & to have subjected mr Venable to a responsibility there which I know must be painful to him, & on that account doubles my uneasiness. a person near the Natural bridge had made me an offer for my lands...
When you spoke with me at Washington , on the sale of my lands at the Natural bridge , the proposition was new, & I wished to consider of it. on reflection I find that it is a dead capital in my hands, that it in other hands it may be useful to the owner & the public. I am therefore willing to sell it. with respect to price, you said you supposed it worth as much as the adjacent tract which...
By a note in the 5 th vol. of Joyce ’s Scientific dialogues I see that the 7 th & 8 th vol s were published in Mar. 1807. I presume therefore they must have come to the US. and will pray you to get them for me to compleat the set you procured me, which consisted of the first 6. vols only. the two volumes wanting are on the subject of chemistry. it is a book of inestimable value, & renders all...
M r Dawson , an agent for the Fire insurance co. lately told me there had been a call, two years ago, of ⅔ of their original quota, on the members of that company. I did not recollect nor do my papers inform me that such a call came to me, or was paid by me. I suppose however that the information of the society to you that there is such a charge against me must of course be right, and...
Your favor of June 19. was recieved a few days ago and I regret that it is not in my power to give any information in answer to your enquiries which may be useful to mrs Byrd . during the war of 1755. I was at school, and paid no attention to public transactions; nor, after I came into public life, had I ever occasion to make myself acquainted with the rights or claims of the several regiments...
I recieved, a few days since your favor of June 28 . covering a letter from Morrow & Andrew Lowry requesting information whether the pardon to them was not a remission of the costs of prosecution also. as it is official, & not personal opinion which can alone answer their purposes, I now, to save time, transmit their & your letter to the Secretary of state , whose opinion, or that of the...
I recieved, three days ago only, your favor of May 17 . I was intimately acquainted with Col o Bernard Moore & much attached to him, & would certainly have done any thing for him I could for him then, or his family now. but I do not recollect that I was one of his trustees, & still less that I ever acted in the trust. my distance from him & my other occupations were such as to prevent it; & I...
I inclose you a letter from mr Smith of Erie , one of the members of Pensylvania , which you will readily percieve ought to have been addressed to you by himself; as it is official, & not personal opinion which can answer his views. I am however gratified by his mis take take in sending it to me, inasmuch as it gives me an opportunity of abstracting myself from my rural occupations, & of...
Your two letters of the 4th. & 7th. were recieved by the last mail. I now inclose you the rough draught of the letter to the emperor of Russia. I think there must be an exact facsimile of it in the office, from which mr. Short’s must have been copied; because that the one now inclosed has never been out of my hands appears by there being no fold in the paper till now, and it is evidently a...
Your two letters of the 4 th & 7 th were recieved by the last mail. I now inclose you the rough draught of the letter to myself the emperor of Russia . I think there must be an exact facsimile of it in the office, from which mr. Short’s must have been copied; because that the one now inclosed has never been out of my hands appears by there being no fold in the paper till now, and it is...
Being extremely pressed by mr Higginbotham I must again urge you on the subject of the arrearages of your rent. this has been rendered the more necessary by a total disappointment of mr Shoemaker to pay the order on him in favor of mr Higginbotham who had a right to expect a large sum from these two resources. your answering your balance to him therefore will oblige Sir PoC ( MHi ); at foot of...
I now inclose you the renewal of my note of January for 8000.D. and sincerely wish it may be used instead of the two prepared for the bank, as I am anxious to keep out of that at least until a good impression is made on the debt. your letter of the 14 th did not get to me till the 20 th and as I observe these delays frequently I suspect carelessness in the post-office somewhere. a dysentery...
Your letters of Apr. 14. June 6. & July 11. have been all duly recieved & you have done me but justice in ascribing the want of answers to my occupations. these have not been less, nor less imperious since my retirement from public life. an abstraction from my private affairs, almost entire, for 25. years, calls for great efforts for putting them again into train; they employ me without doors...
In my letter of June 25. I mentioned the request I should make to Comm r Ladd to postpone the meeting of the parties in the suit of Gilliam v. Fleming to October, when we might hope a full & effectual meeting, & a final settlement of matters which are every day vanishing from memory & knolege. he has fixed on the 20 th of Oct. at 9. A.M. at his office, of which he desired me to write you...
I recieved some time ago a summons from Commissioner Ladd to attend a settlement in the case of m r Wayles & mr Skelton ’s accounts on the 1 st of Aug. I expressed to him, in answer, my extreme anxiety to have that settlement made, & that I would attend any meeting which promised to be effectual; that I doubted whether in the sickly season an effectual meeting could be had at Richmond , &...
The settlement of the accounts in Gilliam’s suit, to which we were summoned on the 1 st of Aug. has, on my request, been postponed to the 20 th of Oct . I was induced to ask it by the improbability of getting an effectual meeting at Richmond during the sickly season, & my extreme anxiety to have an effectual meeting & final settlement of those accounts. it is on this ground I earnestly pray...
M r Higginbotham informs me he did not recieve from you the order for the 500.D. on the Postmaster General as had been arranged between us, owing perhaps something to the day of paiment proposed. I must therefore pray you to inclose to me the order paiable on the earliest day on which it will be entitled to paiment. our post leaves Washington 3. times a week, on Sundays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays,...
Your favor of the 10 th has been duly recieved. I had also been summoned by Commissioner Ladd to attend at his office on the 1 st of August to have a settlement with the representatives of the Skeltons . I immediately informed mr Ladd that nothing was so much desired by the representatives of mr Wayles as a settlement of those accounts; & that I would attend any meeting for that purpose which...
Your favor of the 16 th has been duly recieved, and your kind offers of service, on your return to the Balearian islands is recieved with the thankfulness to which it is so justly entitled. the prices of the productions of Majorca are really so favorable as to tempt me to trespass on your goodness by adding to the two pipes of Albaflor wine, some other small articles as noted below. your...
Having desired my relation mr George Jefferson to establish a correspondence for me at Richmond for the supply of my groceries & the terms of paiment to be observed, he informs me he has arranged with you for my supplies, and that paiment shall be made semi-annually. with this I shall accordingly take care to comply. I now, in consequence subjoin a list of articles which I must pray you to...
Your favor of the 8 th was recieved only on the 20 th . I do not know that the publication of Newspapers was ever prohibited in Virginia . my collection of newspapers begins in 1741. but I have seen one newspaper of about 3. years earlier date, as well as I can recollect. The first printed laws printed in Virginia , was I believe the collection of 1733. till the beginning of our revolutionary...
Your favor of the 23 d was recieved yesterday. my acquaintance at S t Petersburg is very limited. those who were elderly are dead; of the young, there are two persons with whom I was acquainted at Paris , who were in the early administration of the present emperor , but who have been out for some time, & on what ground, I know not. having never renewed my acquaintance with them by letter, I...
The bearer hereof, mr Smith , is the son of the honble Gen l Samuel Smith of Baltimore , of whose revolutionary services you cannot be uninformed, & who has been a distinguished member of our public councils during the present government, first in the H. of Representatives , & latterly of the Senate of the US. the son goes in connection with the American legation to S t Petersburg , but on his...
Your favor of June 19. did not come to hand till the 29 th & I have not been able to take it up till now. I lent to mr Burke my collection of newspapers from 1741. to 1760. and the further matter which I suggested I might be able to furnish him after my return to Monticello , was the collection of M.S. laws of Virginia , which I expected would furnish some proper & authentic materials for...
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...
By the last post I inclosed you a letter for S t Petersbg and promised by this something for Paris . The Secretary of State’s letters will ensure every thing with Gen l Armstrong . the people of the world with whom I was formerly acquainted are all swept off the stage. my correspondents there are with literary characters chiefly, few of whom I personally know. I have selected
Your favor of the 26 th ult. came to hand by the last post. that of June 23. had been recieved in due time, & I had not adverted to the copy of the order it inclosed respecting Gen l K’s Pensylvania bank stock. I now inclose you an order to recieve it. I am very happy at being released from the bank in a way to incommode nobody. I am distressed by old mr Shoemaker your neighbor, who has rented...
The inclosed letter came to hand yesterday by mail after your departure. presuming it could not find you at the President’s , I have thought it best to return it to you at Washington where you will probably find it on your return. I hope mrs Smith & yourself will have performed your journey in good health & without accident, and shall be very happy if you shall have found the same pleasure in...
The bearers hereof, mr Alexander M c Rae & Major John Clarke proposing to visit France on their private concerns, I take the liberty of presenting them to your notice & patronage. mr M c Rae has been a member of the council of state of Virginia , & Lieut t Governor, highly esteemed for his talents & correctness of principle, moral & political. Maj r
I sincerely wish you success in the object of the visit which yourself & Maj r Clarke propose to make to Europe . to your country it promises advantage, & I hope it will yield it to yourselves also. as you seem sensible of the danger to which it will expose you, under the laws of those countries, I need say nothing on that head but that the secrecy enjoined on me shall be observed. the letters...
The bearers hereof, mr Alexander M c Rae , & Major John Cla rke proposing to go to Great Britain on their private concerns, I take the liberty of presenting them to your notice & patronage. mr M c Rae , a lawyer of distinction, has been a member of the council of state of Virginia & Lieut t Governor, highly esteemed for his talents & correctness of princip le moral & political.
Under the constant hope of an early departure for Bedford , I have been hitherto detained by the prevalence of a disease in our neighborhood, and particularly among my own people. altho’ abated, it still has not left us, and the importance of attention to it, still detains me here and for a time which cannot be ascertained. the expectation that every case might be the last, has prevented my...