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The case of the Kentucky collection would be intolerable were we not bound to tolerate not only the law but the defects of the law, & the partialities of jurors in it’s execution. whether the law is defective will be seen on the appeal. what are the subtleties by which the lawyers contrive delays is not sufficiently stated to judge the judge; but he is an honest man, and of reading &...
It is suggested to me (indirectly from the person himself) that Jerome Bonaparte is at Baltimore under the name of Monsr. Dalbarton, with a son of Rewbell, and that they mean to ask a passage to France in one of our frigates. if this be the fact, he will have satisfied thereof the minister of his nation, thro’ whom we shall be apprised of it, & relieved from all trouble in deciding on it. this...
In my last I informed you I should have an opportunity of getting mr Madison’s opinion on the expediency of the sailing of the John Adams. I have done so, communicating to him your’s & mr Smith’s letters on the subject. the latter having informed us that two months pay were already advanced to the men, & her stores provided, the consideration of a defective appropriation was already got over,...
Something now occurs almost every day on which it is desirable to have the opinions of the heads of departments. yet to have a formal meeting every day would consume so much of their time as seriously to obstruct the regular business. I have proposed to them as most convenient for them & wasting less of their time, to call on me at any moment of the day which suits their separate convenience,...
What would you think of raising a force for the defence of New Orleans by offering a bounty of 50. acres of land to be delivered immediately to every able-bodied man, on condition of settlement & holding himself in readiness to perform 2. years military service if called on within the seven first years of residence. the lands to be chosen by himself of any of those in the Orleans territory...
M r Girardin , who will have the honor of presenting you this letter, revisits his native country after a residence of 20. years in this his country by adoption. he will consider this relation as placing him under your protection, of which he is entirely worthy. a residence of some years in my neighborhood enables me to assure you that he is a gentleman of science, of worth, and perfect...
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to mr Gallatin and returns him the papers relative to the lighthouse at Faulkner’s island with his [approbation] of Joseph Griffin as keeper of it. the extraordinary voluminousness & late arrival of his last night’s mail puts it out of his power to answer mr Gallatin’s other letter of the 9th. and that of the 7th. till the next post. PrC ( DLC );...
case of the Flensburg. Our laws permit a foreigner to hold any property in our country except lands. a foreigner may contract for a ship to be built for him, so that she will be his from the time of laying the keel, or he may contract so as that she shall be his only when launched, or when rigged Etc. the act of delivery to him or his agent fixes in that case the moment when she becomes his...
the inclosed case is entirely unintelligible to me. can you make any thing of it? [ Reply by Gallatin :] Nicholas Reib is an old German who has tormented Congress & more particularly the Pennsylvania delegation for several years with his claim. It has been repeatedly rejected. If an answer is thought necessary, it will be sufficient to tell him that the Executive has no power in that case &...
Are the within terms admissible? [ Reply by Gallatin :] The 1st, 2d & 4th are either in pursuance of, or, not inconsistent with the law, excepting only the words “all other documents belonging to the land department;” the Surveyor general superintends the surveying department, & has nothing to do with the sales of the lands, these being under the superintendence of the several registers, who...
The application of William Greetham for a Mediterranean pass for a vessel owned here, tho built abroad, being unauthorised by practice; tho’ perhaps not by law, and concerning the departments of both the State & Treasury, I ask the favor of mr Madison and mr Gallatin to give me their opinions thereon: at the same time I communicate to them what passed on the subject of passports under General...
I inclose you the application of Saml. Lewis to be the successor of De Kraft, which he has erroneously addressed to me. I believe you know him & his talents. they are certainly considerable as a draughtsman. I remember that on a former enquiry, I found there had been some allegations against him, which lessened his estimation. but probably you know more of this than I do.    I expect your...
I recieved yesterday your’s of the 23d. and now return you Woolsey’s & Astor’s letters. I send you one also which I have recieved from a mr Thorn on the evasions of the embargo on L. Champlain. the conduct of some of our officers there and of some excellent citizens has been very meritorious, and I will thank you to express any degree of approbation you think proper in my name for Capt. Mayo....
My ideas on the questions relative to the Active, letter of marque stated in your letter of yesterday, are as follows. 1. Letters of marque have been considered ever since the decisions of 1793. to be of a mixed character, but that the commercial character predominates; and as a commercial vessel of private property we have in some case, since the proclamation of July, considered them as not...
When the war broke out which is now raging in Europe, our treaties with France, and Holland required that we should furnish to the vessels ‘belonging to the citizens of the US.’ passports in the forms prescribed by the treaties. it was very early made a question whether they should be granted to all vessels belonging to citizens of the US. or only to those built as well as belonging here. the...