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On my return from Bedford lately I found here your two favors of Aug. 22. & 31. I thought I had the form of an order on the bank of Pensylva for Kosciusko’s dividends, such as I used to sign for you; but on searching my papers I do not find it. I have endeavored therefore to make out an order for the last half year’s dividends which I am in hopes may be substantially sufficient, tho’ not so...
Your favor of the 7 th came to hand last night, and I now inclose you the order on the bank of Pensylvania for General Kosciuzko’s dividend. his interest due from me Apr. 1. shall not be delayed a moment, as the distance of that day gives me time for the sale of my crop of 1810. this has been so good, that with the prices now going it will nearly liberate me from that part of my Washington...
By the present post I desire mess rs Gibson & Jefferson to remit you 360.D. for Gen l Kosciusko , being the interest on his money in my hands for the last year. I am labouring & employing all the resources I can spare to wipe out my Washington debt paid for me by the bank of Richmond . the crop now going to market reduces it so that the one now preparing will clear it off entirely. this done,...
Your favor of June 18 th is recieved as had been in due time that of Apr. 25. I now inclose you the July order on the bank of Pensv a for Gen l Kosciuzko’s July dividend. I inclosed to him one copy of the bill of exchange you sent me by mr Barlow , & a 2 d
I have just recieved your favor of the 15 th and learn with concern that a doubt can exist that our friend Gen l Kosciuzko may have failed to recieve his remittance of 1810. for as to that of 1811. mr Barlow’s safe arrival ensures it. of that of 1810. the 1 st 2 d & 4 th of Exchange were sent by different opportunities thro’ the department of state, and altho’ I trust they have been recieved,...
Having several small sums to pay in George town , in order to spare Mess rs Gibson & Jefferson the embarrasment of making so many fractional remittances, I have taken the liberty of desiring them to include the whole in a round sum of 200.D. and inclose it to you, presuming on your usual goodness that you will make the distribution for me, to wit to Henry Foxall 55. 46½ Richard Barry 70. 52
Your favor of Mar. 27. did not get to hand till yesterday. I avail myself of the return of the same post to write the inclosed letter to mr Morton an american merchant established at Bordeaux and who has been very succesful & become very wealthy. he is known to me personally, is a very good man, and at present in this country but about to return shortly to France . he is an intimate...
I have this moment recieved a letter from Gen l Kosciuszko dated Feb. 1. in which he acknoleges the reciept of two letters from me, one from you and a bill of exchange . knowing it would give you pleasure to be ascertained of this, and supposing the General , who is not a man of business, may not have written to you, I drop a line for him. always affectionately yours PoC ( DLC ); at foot of...
Your favor of the 20 th came to hand last night only, and the same post brought me an answer from mr Morton which I inclose for your perusal & consideration, with a request to return it to me. mr Morton is a native of this state, not personally known to me till lately, but long ago much recommended to me by many here; but most particularly by mr Coles , who was much with him in Bordeaux ,...
I have purchased a spinning machine in Washington , thro’ the friendly agency of Doct r Thornton , for which the bearer Davy is now sent with a cart. he is furnished with provisions for himself & horses to Washington and back, and 5.D. for his ferriages & other accidental calls, and therefore I have no reason to expect he will need any thing more. should any extraordinary accident, or a longer...
Your favor of the 3 d came to hand last night, & by this day’s return of post I inclose you the order desired. I am very apprehensive that the difficulties of the times will embarras our remittances to the General . it was for this reason I pressed on him a connection with mr Morton . we have time enough still, before the next remittance, to hear from him on that subject. you say nothing of...
After an absence of between 5. & 6. weeks in Bedford I find on my return your letter of the 9 th informing me of mr Eliason’s inclination to become interested in my mills. but they have never returned to my hands. mr Randolph my son in law, in partnership with a mr M c Kinney bought out the Shoemakers the last year of their lease. the partnership did not succeed, and M c Kinney
Your favor of the 6 th is duly recieved, and was communicated to mr Randolph , who, as I informed you is sole tenant of my mills , which he holds from year to year, the year beginning the 1 st of July. he has no disposition to recieve a partner, because as he found to be the case in his late partnership his property became liable for all the losses while he had recieved but half the...
I set out tomorrow for Bedford and shall be absent 3. or 4. weeks. I have between 4. and 500. barrels of flour caught at Richmond by the blockade, not a barrel of it sold. my hope is that the enemy will prefer withdrawing out of the capes and cruising on the coast to catch something rather than lie where they do & catch nothing. the moment any movement of theirs gives a chance for our vessels...
On my return from Bedford I found here your two favors of Apr. 29. and I now return you mr Williams’s letter which was inclosed in one of them. I should think it adviseable to delay the annual remittance awhile for the expected return of the vessel from Bordeaux , by which you may learn if the General approves of the channel we proposed; in the mean d time, that there may be no delay on my...
I should like much the proposition in your’s of the 20 th to pay our remittances to G. Williams in Baltimore , and for Russel and Morton , on advice of that paiment, to pay the same to G l Kosciuzko . but neither of them could be entitled to a commission; because it would be as if we bought G.W’s bill on R. &
Your favor of the 6 th was exactly two weeks getting to this place instead of the two days in which it ought to have come. I recieved it yesterday. I have not yet lost my hope in mr Morton , and that he may yet be the most convenient channel of supplying Gen l Kosciuzko ; because if he continues firm, he could give the General cash there always for a draught on you. we will therefore yet wait...
I have just recieved a letter of Dec. 1. from Gen l Kosciuszko , in which he says ‘I have recieved a bill of exchange of 5500 francs from mr Barnes , and I have been punctually paid by the house of mr Morton . I pray you to continue to remit to me my interest thro’ the same channel; if mr Morton will have the goodness to permit it’ This putting out of all doubt the preferable channel of...
I have just recieved from Gen l Kosciuzko a duplicate of his letter of May 30. to which he adds this P.S. ‘you render me a great service by the arranging arrangement with mr Morton to whom I owe many thanks for the most obliging manner in which I have been treated at Paris , and for the exactitude of his correspondent.’ this channel then being so agreeable to the General we had better adhere...
Your letter of Dec. 12. was duly recieved and I now return you that of mr Williams which it covered. I wish you may have been able to procure a bill to go by some of the late flags which offered such safe conveyance. It is time to ask if there is not great reason to feel alarm for our banking institutions. the notes they had in circulation the last summer were calculated to amount to 200....
I have duly recieved and weighed your favors of the 9 th and 11 th . nobody would be farther from wishing a sudden crush to the banks than my self. that they are multiplied to a great abuse and evil is evident; and their reduction by degrees would be the safest for the public, and might save us if our legislatures were wise. but it is their folly which is hurrying us to the precipice, by the...
Your favor of the 8 th is recieved and I now return you mr Taylor’s letter, but so unacquainted am I with every thing relating to stock that I am not able to m calculate the effect of converting G l K ’s bank shares into public stock, altho you have furnished me materials. I must therefore trouble you again to make out for me 2. statements, the 1 st stating the market value of his principal in...
In August last I recieved from mr Rembrandt Peale 2. or 3. pieces of Agate which had been purchased for me, by some person in France , who says I desired him to purchase them while I was resident in France . I have totally forgotten it, & his name subscribed in his letter to me (now inclos d ) being in illegible characters, I am unable to make out who it was who after so long an interval was...
Your letter of the 16 th is just recieved, and I have maturely considered it, as well as the papers you were so kind as to inclose in it. it is with real pain that I fe el myself irresistably forced to a conclusion which I percieve to be different from what would be yours. mr Parker’s estimate of the proceeds of Gen l Kosciuzko’s 8000.D. in 13. years, makes a difference of 2046.D. in favor of...
I recieved yesterday your favors of Apr. 27. and May 2. & 2. and I now inclose you Gen l Kosciuszko’s 2. certificates for 18. and 2. shares in the bank of Pensylvania , with my endorsement, duplicate powers of Attorney to dispose of them, and letters to the Secretaries of State and the Treasury requesting their aid in the remittances of interest. these I have left open for your perusal, after...
After an absence of five weeks, I returned home the day before yesterday, and found here your favors of May 18. & 24. & June 16. and 22. I am much rejoiced that you have been able to compleat the sale of Gen l Kosciuzko’s Pensylva bank stock, and to transfer it to the new loan of the US. there I know it will be safer than in any deposit on earth and will place him beyond those risks which...
Immediately on reciept of your favor of July 29. I wrote to mr Gibson desiring him to make sale of my flour for whatever he could get for it in cash. it had been laying on hand since christmas in hopes of a rise of price. he accordingly made sale of it for 2. D 61 c a barrel which netted me for my wheat 48 cents a bushel. he informed me at the same time he could not sell at all for ready...
The object of the present letter is merely to save 5. dollars. the inclosed Alexandria bill for that amount can yet I presume be past with you, in which case you will place it to credit in our account. no bank-bill of another state is now recieved with us; those of our own state are refused by many, and recieved by others only from doubtful debtors, and for want of all other medium. they will...
Your letters of Dec. 6. & 18. have been recieved. the last came to hand yesterday evening only. we have two mails a week between this & Washington , which come in the evenings of Wednesday & Friday, & go out the mornings of Wednesday & Thursday. they are therefore little better than one: yours of the 18 th recieved last night (Wednesday) could not be answered in time for the mail which went...
Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of Monticello in Virginia do hereby constitute and appoint John Barnes of George town in the territory of Columbia my Attorney in fact for the purpose of recieving from the Treasury of the United States all sums of interest due or to become due on any stock standing in my name in the books or funds of the United States : and I do hereby...