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[ Paris, 4 July 1785 . Entry in SJL reads: “Madison, Monroe & Hardy. Letters of recommendation for W. T. Franklin.” None of these letters has been found; but see TJ to Monroe, 5 July 1785 .]
The bearer hereof, Mr. Franklin , being about to return to America, I take the liberty of presenting him to your acquaintance. Your esteem for the character of his grandfather would have procured him a favourable reception with you: and it cannot but increase your desire to know him, when you shall be assured that his worth and qualifications give him a personal claim to it. I have taken the...
¶ From Thomas Jefferson. Letter not found. 2 June 1820 . Enclosed in Dolley Madison to Lewis J. Cist, 4 July 1842 ( DLC : Dolley Madison Papers).
Th: Jefferson presents his affectionate salutations to mr Madison & sends him the inclosed which will explain itself. he hopes to see him & family at Monticello when most convenient to themselves; and observes for his information that the road through Shadwell is put into fine order, the right hand at issuing from the ford on this side to be greatly preferred to the left. the road by Milton is...
Letter not found. Ca. 1 March 1792. Mentioned in JM to Jefferson, 5 Mar. 1792 . Concerns settlement of David Owings’s and David Woods’s Revolutionary War claims.
I return you the papers which accompanied yours of yesterday. I think the case of Capt Hewes is merely a case for a demand of indemnification from Gr. Br. and a proper acknolegement of the violation of jurisdiction. It would be a very dangerous precedent for Congress to indemnify the individual. I think it would be well for Smith to be furnished with the declaration of Mr. Canning only taking...
Will you consider whether a copy of the inclosed sent to each head of department would be best, or to avail myself of your kind offer to speak to them. my only fear as to the latter is that they might infer a want of confidence on my part. but you can decide on sounder views of the subject than my position may admit. [if] you prefer the letter, modify any expressions which you may think need...
I think the District atty of N.Y. should be immediately instructed to investigate the expedition of the Leander, & of every person concerned in it; and to learn how it has happened that the officers of the government at that place should have paid no attention & given no information of it while going on. on the report of the Atty to us we may decide what shall be done. DNA : RG...
The inclosed letter to mr Cabell so fully explains it’s object, and the grounds on which your signature to the paper is proposed if approved, that I will spare my stiffening & aching wrist the pain of adding more than the assurance of my constant & affect te friendship. DNT .
The extract of a letter to Bishop Carroll I have inclosed to Genl. Dearborne. I return you judge Davies’s letter. if we meddle in the case at all, should it not be by sending the letter to the Attorney General who will know best how to prevent a conflict of jurisdictions. I inclose you the copy of a letter from Genl. Smith to mr Gallatin, communicated by the Generel to P. Carr & by him to me....
Letter not found. 17 June 1793. Mentioned in Jefferson to JM, 23 June : “My last was of the 17th. if I may reckon a single line any thing.” Acknowledged in JM to Jefferson, 29 June : “Your last was of the 17th. inst: & covered one paper of the 12th.”
As the letter proposed to the Emperor of Russia may lead to something of importance, I wish to communicate it to the other gentlemen of the admn.    will you therefore be so good as to correct it severely , and return it to me as you would approve it? DLC : Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.
One of those cases now occurs which oblige me to relax from my general wish not to add to your troubles in the disposal of offices. I inclose you the papers which produce the occasion, and they will present to you all the grounds of interest which I can possibly feel in the success of the application. they will have with you exactly the weight they intrinsically merit & no more. Accept the...
I presume the correspondence between the Ambassador of Tunis & Secretary of State, must be considd as exhibiting the only causes of difference, & that that correspondence alone need be sent to the Senate. want of time for copies must authorize sending the originals, to be returned DNA : RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly respects to Mr. Madison and asks the favor of him to procure a safe conveyance for the inclosed letter to Colo. Monroe, which is of great importance public and private, as covering papers of consequence. PrC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: TJ to Monroe, 21 Mch. 1796 , and enclosures.
I presume the two commissions of militia officers in the District of Columbia which you inclosed yesterday, were meant as resignations. I have sent them as such to the War office. I was misinformed as to the name of the person appointed Secretary of Orleans. altho always called Bolling Robertson it seems his name is Thomas Bolling Robertson. will you be so good as to order a new commission, &...
Health & weather permitting I shall set out on Wednesday without fail. If I can get off early enough I will be with you by half after three, supposed your dining hour, but knowing how difficult it is to clear out from home at any given hour, if I find I cannot be with you at half past three I shall dine at Gordons’, & beg not to be waited for. Receive for yourself & Mrs. Madison my...
I wrote you two days ago but by a bungle of the servant it did not get to the post office in time. This serves to cover another paper. I set out this afternoon. Adieu. Your’s affectionately FC ( MHi ); Tr ( DLC : Jefferson Papers).
Th: Jefferson requests the favour of Mr. Madison & family to dine with him ——— at half after three. Wednesday July [ 6 ] 1803 . Many thanks to mrs Madison for the trouble she has been so good as to take . The favour of an answer is asked. RC (Charles M. Storey, Boston, Massachusetts, 1958); printed form, with blanks filled by TJ reproduced in italics; damaged. Date illegible on RC but TJ left...
In the wild range which Tatham’s head takes, he often hits on good ideas. Those explained in the within letter merit real attention. He knows the localities of that quarter; & should the idea of an artificial bason on the Middle grounds be found impracticable (for want of foundation) Lynhaven bay, deepened at it’s entrance becomes the sole resource for defending the Chesapeake; & the...
In the wild range which Tatham’s head takes, he often hits on good ideas. those explained in the within letter merit real attention. he knows the localities of that quarter; & should the idea of an artificial bason on the Middle grounds be found impracticable (for want of foundation) Lynhaven bay, deepened at it’s entrance becomes the sole resource for defending the Chesapeake; & the...
Will you be so good as to give this a severe correction both as to stile & matter, & as early a one as you can, because there remains little enough time to submit it to our brethren successively, to have copies made Etc. think also what documents it requires, & especially as to Spanish affairs. before we promise a subsequent communication on that subject, it would be well to agree on it’s...
The fever spreads faster. Deaths are now about 30. a day. It is in every square of the city. All flying who can. Most of the offices are shut or shutting. The banks shut up this day. All my clerks have left me but one: so that I cannot go on with business. I shall therefore set out in 3. or 4. days and perhaps see you before you get this. H. had truly the fever, and is on the recovery, and...
the article against impressment to be a sine qua non. So also the withdrawing or modifying the declaration endeavor to alter the E. India article by restoring Jay’s Art. 8. Avoid if possible the express abandonmt of free ships free goods 10. Define blockade according to the British note formerly recd. 17. Expunge stipuln to recieve their vessels of war & treat officers with respect reserve the...
Mrs. Randolph, Ellen & myself intended before this to have had the pleasure of seeing Mrs. Madison and yourself at Montpelier as we mentioned to Mr. Coles; but three days ago Mrs. Randolph was taken with a fever, which has confined her to her bed ever since. it is so moderate that we are in the hourly hope of it’s leaving her and, after a little time to recruit her strength, of carrying our...
I have just received a Northern hare , and have got from the market a common one. It may be worth your while to come half an hour before we go to E. R’s to examine their difference, as they must be skinned soon. RC ( DLC ). Conjectural date assigned on the basis of circumstances described in n. 1 and of JM’s departure from Philadelphia circa Sunday, 20 May 1792. Jefferson later presented a...
I dine at home and alone to day and Saturday of the present week.—I inclose some loose thoughts on the bankrupt bill. RC ( DLC : Madison Papers); undated (see note to enclosure for assignment of conjectural date); addressed: “Mr. Madison”; with unrelated notations in Madison’s hand on address cover. Not recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Thoughts on the Bankruptcy Bill, [ca. 10 Dec. 1792] .
Robert H. Jones of N. Carolina to be District attorney for N. Carolina. He resides at Warrenton. ViU .
Letter not found. 18 September 1809. Jefferson hopes to visit Montpelier before JM returns to Washington and will make the trip if the health of his grandson Benjamin Franklin Randolph improves. Mrs. Thomas Mann Randolph, Jefferson’s daughter, will accompany him if the boy is sufficiently recovered (brief abstract in International Autographs Catalogue No. 5 [1954], item 140).
I retain mr Wilson’s letter, and return you his two certificates, as he may wish to keep them. If I ever heard his name before it has entirely escaped me. I do not believe he has been misrepresented to me, & doubt if he has been represented in any way. DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
Not knowing whether you may have obtained mr Barber’s acceptance in the visit you proposed, I have thought of a proposition which it has been suggested to me would reconcile him to our offer. if therefore he has not accepted that of joining us at the end of his first circuit, and you would approve of giving him a year on his assurance that he will then accept, be so good as to forward him the...
I think we were under impressions last night which the papers did not justify. No single act was specified as a cause of complaint. No obstacle was stated to have been opposed to Mr. Rose’s landing & coming on. What we did, was well, but I doubt the expediency of sending a vessel. It might shew too much empressement to gratify punctilios not explained to us. These thoughts are merely for...
Health & weather permitting I shall set out on Wednesday without fail. if I can get off early enough I will be with you by half after three, supposed your dining hour. but knowing how difficult it is to clear out from home at any given hour, if I find I cannot be with you at half past three I shall dine at Gordon’s & beg not to be waited for. recieve for yourself & mrs Madison my affectionate...
Nathaniel Ewing of Pensylvania to be Reciever of public monies at Vincennes. ViU .
Your express arrived at 12. aclock this day & I dispatch him in half an hour with the papers for Mr. Pinckney signed. I inclose another letter to Monroe, to be forwarded by him. affectionate salutations. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I would have accompanied the General to-day but for two reasons, I have not strength, and I should only have added to your embarrasmts. he leaves you Friday morning to partake of a dinner and ball at Fredsbg on Saturday. the miss Wrights are detained here by the sickness of one of them. they go hence to the Natural bridge and return to Washington by Staunton, Winchester & Harper’s ferry. no...
I am near closing my catalogue, and it is important I should recieve the kindness of your Theological supplement, by the 1 st or 2 d mail, or it’s insertion will be impracticable. be so good as to expedite it as much as possible. affectionate salutations. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
I presume the two commissions of militia officers in the District of Columbia which you enclosed yesterday, were meant as resignations. I have sent them as such to the War office. I was misinformed as to the name of the person appointed Secretary of Orleans. Altho always called Bolling Robertson it seems his name is Thomas Bolling Robertson. Will you be so good as to order a new commission, &...
The government of the US. will not make itself an accomplice in the crimes of invading a foreign nation which never did it a wrong, in the abduction of their people and selling them in slavery. PPAmP .
The more I consider the letter of our Ministers in London the more seriously it impresses me. I believe the sine qua non we made is that of the nation, and that they would rather go on without a treaty than with one which does not settle this article. under this dilemma, and at this stage of the business, had we not better take the advice of the Senate? I ask a meeting at 11. aclock tomorrow...
Letter not found. 3 May 1805 . Described as a one-page autograph letter, written in the third person, offered for sale 17–21 Mar. 1891 in the Catalogue of Autograph Letters and Historical Documents, Collected by the Late Prof. E. H. Leffingwell (2 vols. in 1; Boston, 1891), 2:33, item 3634.
I return you the papers which accompanied yours of yesterday. I think the case of Capt Hewes is merely a case for a demand of indemnification from Gr. Br. and a proper acknolegement of the violation of jurisdiction. it would be a very dangerous precedent for Congress to indemnify the individual.   I think it would be well for Smith to be furnished with the declaration of mr Canning only taking...
The inclosed act of Michigan, tho’ dated Jan. 30. 07. did not get here till the last Congress had risen. it seems merely occasional, & the occasion passed over. I think therefore it is not worth communicating singly to Congress. perhaps they will send their collection to be communicated, which will embrace this. in the mean time this may be filed in your office. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
The more I consider the letter of our Ministers in London the more seriously it impresses me. I believe the sine qua non we made is that of the nation, and that they would rather go on without a treaty than with one which does not settle this article. Under this dilemma, and at this stage of the business, had we not better take the advice of the Senate? I ask a meeting at 11. oclock tomorrow...
I wished to have communicated to you my letter to Gilmer before I sent it off. but the danger of it’s not getting there before his departure induced me to dispatch it by mail for the packet from N. York, as soon as written. my rough draught being illegible, I have taken time to make a legible copy, now inclosed for your perusal. I think there is nothing in it which does not accord with the...
6 July 1803 . Invites “Mr. Madison & family […] at half after […].” “Many thanks to mrs. Madison for the trouble she has been so good as to take.” RC (owned by Charles M. Storey, Boston, Mass., 1961). 1 p.; torn and blotted so as to be nearly indecipherable. Dated “Wednesday”; since Jefferson left Washington on 19 July, this invitation could have been dated 6 or 13 July. Below this line, in...
The extract of a letter to Bishop Carroll I have inclosed to Genl. Dearborne. I return you judge Davies’s letter. If we meddle in the case at all, should it not be by sending the letter to the Attorney General who will know best how to prevent a conflict of jurisdictions. I inclose you the copy of a letter from Genl. Smith to mr Gallatin, communicated by the General to P. Carr & by him to me....
In conversation with mr Gallatin yesterday as to what might be deemed the result of our Tuesday’s conferences, he seemed to have understood the former opinion as not changed, to wit that for the Floridas East of Perdido might be given not only the 2. millions of dollars and a margin to remain unsettled, but an absolute relinquishment from the North river to the bay of St. Bernard and Colorado...
The Tunisian Ambassador put into my hands the packet now sent, & at his request I promised it should be safely returned to him before he went away, as it contains the originals of letters. it presents a chronological view of the Bey’s correspondence with our officers, with explanatory statements of facts connecting them. I found the whole worth reading, tho’ I had read the letters hastily...
additions proposed on some subjects suggested by mr Gallatin submitted to mr Madison by the object of the 1st. addition is to give a practical or ostensible object to the observations on Yellow fever: the true one however being to present facts to the governments of Europe, which in the ordinary course of things, would not otherwise reach them in half a century. DLC : Papers of James Madison.