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My friend Winthrop Sargent Governor of the Missisippi Territory will have the honor to present this letter to you. This gentleman served under my command in the revolutionary Army, with the highest approbation of the Commander in cheif and every officer in the Army whose good opinion was of any value. It is more than one quarter of a century since I have been intimate with him, and I never...
Among the most perplexing, and thankless acts of your high station will be that of appointments to offices. You will be assailed by all sorts of arguments by applicants to obtain their ends; and even with all possible caution and wisdom errors may be committed. I ask pardon for these observations which I am persuaded have already occurred in full force, and also for the trouble I am about...
Even if the sincerity and cordiality which dictate this note should fail of giving it any value in your estimation, yet the consciousness of having performed an impulse of duty will afford me some gratification. I cannot refrain from expressing to you, the heart felt satisfaction I have experienced in perusing your address of the 4th of the present month. The just manner in which you...
Mr Wetmore who has been long a barrister at the bar of this state, but who meeting with pecuniary embarrasments has removed into the district of Maine, is very desirous of some employment in the judicial Line. His age about fifty, and his legal knowledge, qualify him in the opinion of those who are intimately acquainted with him, for almost any office in the department of the law I have the...
I feel great pleasure in any circumstance, which may present me to your remembrance.—No person has a higher respect & esteem for your Character, any shades of a difference in political opinions notwithstanding. The mutual and sincere expressions of regret at parting have always afforded me satisfaction.— I remember on a former occasion that You desir’d some information respecting the...
The unalterable respect and affection I entertain for your talents and character dissipates all apprehension of offence in addressing you on the present occasion. My feelings as a father whose fortitude is assailed and wounded by the conduct of a thoughtless and extravagant son will I well know excite your sympathy. A son acting under the delusions of Youthful passions which hurry him headlong...
I flatter myself with the hope that the subject of this note, will not be deemed by you as unreasonable importunity. My son my only son has been a midshipman in the Navy upwards of a year. Before that period he performed a long voyage to India. He is reputed to be well skilled as a navigator, active as a seaman, in addition to which the experience of three years, appears in the opinion of Capt...
I flatter myself with the hope that, the subject of this letter it will not be considered by you as unreasonable importunity—My son my only son has been a mids Midshipman th in the navy for upwards of a year. Before that period he was a year as he performed along voyage to india. The His expenence he has , and his know skill as a navigator, to add to his experience
Although I have often entertained the intention of writing to you, yet as I had nothing more to communicate, than assurances of my sincere attatchment, and the warm approbation which appeared to possess the best mind of the great majority of the People, I could not bring myself to intrude on your time, so precious to your Country. But when your recent nomination for France seem for a moment to...
I have received your two favors of the 21st and 23d ultimo. They breathe a spirit of friendship and affection which has ever been ardently reciprocated by me. The appointment of the third Major General having been explicity declined by me I have nothing to add on that subject but one single observation. To wit that you are the only decided personal friend who has advised my acceptance of it....
I have received your letter, enclosing a commission, and giving me to understand, that, A Hamilton is ranked as the first, C C Pinckney the second, and myself as the third, Major General, and that this arrangement is considered as definitive. In so plain a case, it is unnecessary to multiply words. The impossibility of my serving under Officers so much my juniors, must have been known, to...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of the resolves respecting rank passed the 24 November 1778 which are the basis of all the rules which are in operation. I have written to the Secretary of War this day upon the subject of officers, and enclosed him the list of the field officers for three regiments of the augmented army which might be raised in this State. I am under the necessity of...
In your welcome and much esteemed favor of the 9th I recognise fully all the substantial friendship and kindness which I have always so invariably experienced from you. My letter of the 29th ultimo was written under a pressure of various ideas, all sharp’ned by a strong sense of the comparison which had been publickly made between others and myself and in consequence the inferior station which...
I have this moment received the within paper containing the extraordinary correspondence between the Minister of foreign relations of the french Republic and Mr. Gerry. It seems important that you should see it early in order to take measures to counteract the effects I am most respectfully / Your MHi : Adams Papers.
I have recieved your letter dated on the 25th. ultimo, informing me that the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, had been pleased to appoint me a Major General in the Army. Impressed as I am with the conviction, that our Country, is about to enter into a Contest in which its existence as an independent nation will be involved, I should promptly...
(Private) My dear Sir Boston 29 July 1798. Yesterday I received your favor of the 16th instant, which I opened with all the delightful sensations of affection which I always before experienced upon the receipt of your letters. But I found on its perusal, a striking instance of that vicissitude of human affairs and friendships, which you so justly describe. I read it with astonishment, which...
I experience a reluctance in addressing you lest I should absorb a certain portion of your time which ought to be used for more important purposes. I doubt whether I ought to congratulate you on being elevated to the Cheif Magistracy of the United States; for it is questionable wheth very questionable, whether there are not more thorns than roses in the situation. But I religiously felicitate...
Possessing as I do a thousand evidences of your friendship, I am persuaded that you will readily beleive me, when I say that my silence of late, has been the effect of my unwillingness to intrude, lest I should for a moment prevent the consideration and different views, you give to the important subjects incessantly before you. Although the same cause continues to prevent my interruption, yet...
I have received your kind favor of the 4th instant. I shall always regret every circumstance which may obstruct a compliance with your wishes public or private. The Appointment of Commissioner would mar most effectually my plans for the Summer, and which are now in an expensive train of execution. There is another circumstance which I confess confidentially, has a considerable influence on my...
I have been requested by several respectable characters in this place, to name for your consideraton Christopher Gore Esqr. of this vicinity as a suitable character for one of the Commissioners to repair to Great Britain in pursuance of the late treaty. I before took the liberty of suggesting his name upon another occasion, and to express my conviction, of his fitness, for high confidential...
I cannot refrain from trespassing on Your time by expressing to you the perfect satisfaction which the people of New England possess by the operations of the general goverment. The unanimity of the legislature of this state was such as to overbear all dispositions of a disorganizing nature. Had the legislature conceived it proper or constitutional they would have expressed their approbation in...
This letter will be delivered to you by Capt. Roberts of New-Hampshire. He is a Candidate for the vacancy in the Navy occasioned by the death of Capt. Barry Every information respecting the Gentlemen indicates his entire suitableness for the Office he requests. Upon this ground I have the honor of introducing him to your acquaintance with the assurance that you will be pleased to give that...
In addressing myself to you I experience the mingled emotions of respect and affection, the former repelling lest I should intrude, and the latter attracting me to hold conversation with you, whom independent of all political considerations, and situations, I shall ever hold dear to my soul. Having overcome my reluctance to break in upon your important affairs, I shall truly state to you the...
I received your kind favor of the 1st. instant two days ago. Mr. Joseph Pope of this Town the inventor of the improvements in the horizontal Mills, and the proprietor of the Patent has lately still further improved them, so as to carry four pairs of stones. He is my particular acquaintance, and he will immediately have accurate drawings made and transmitted to you by which, with the...
I have the honor to enclose you the opinion of James Seagrove agent for the Creek Nation upon the subject of the negroes which ought to have been returned in pursuance of the treaty of New York. I beg leave to add that if the United States deem it inexpedient to press for a return of the negroes that it would appear proper that the owners should be compensated conformably to some equitable...
Mr Stagg has mentioned your observations respecting the difference between the five thousand dollars stipulated, and the seven thousand implied—The facts are truly stated in the proceedings —The indians were, as there mentioned, told that the two thousand, and indeed the whole, would depend on their attachment and good dispositions; but that I was not authorised to stipulate more than five...
Mr Fitz Simons has applied to me upon the subject of another missionary being added to the one allowed by your permission upon the request of Bishop Carrol as a Companion in case of sickness and as an assistant in all objects whether spiritual or political. Peter Janin has been appointed at the following rate, One hundred & fifty dollars for equipment and two hundred Dollars ⅌ Annum and he has...
I have the honor to submit to your view a note of Mr Rutherford of the Senate and my answer thereto containing principles of the solidity of which I am fully convinced. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your obedient servant LS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . John Rutherfurd’s letter to Knox of 12 Dec. raised the claim of Staats Morris for an army promotion. Believing that Knox had...
I have the honor to submit to your consideration a report upon Indian affairs—If it should be your pleasure to lay the same before the two houses of Congress it would probably produce the bill which is desired. Colonel Pickering has made his report upon that part of his business respecting the change of the line —The Secretaries of State and Treasury have perused the same, and been consulted...
I beg leave to submit to you, the proceedings held with the Cherokees in the month of June last, together with the Articles arising out of the said conference; and also a draft of a message to the Senate upon this subject. The conference with the Chickasaws is copied; But as no treaty was formed requiring the advice and consent of the Senate, it is deemed unnecessary to transmit it to that...