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I am at this place on my way to New York, from whence I expect to sail for Europe.—I promised myself the pleasure of waiting upon and taking leave of you at Quincy; but a detention of some days in Portsmouth, longer than I had calculated upon, and previous arrangements to be in New York at a fixed time, make it necessary for me to hasten on to that City—which I shall do by the Stage of...
It is with inexpressible grief that I have to announce to you the Death of the Great and the Good General Washington. He died last evening between ten and eleven O’clock, after a short illness of about twenty hours. His disorder was an inflamatory sore throat, which proceeded from a cold, of which he made but little complaint on Friday.—On Saturday Morning, about three o’clock, he became ill....
I have duly received, by the hands of Mr Shaw, the letter which you did me the honor to write on the 24th of December;—and have communicated to the Family at this place, your kind assurances of regard and sympathy; for which they request you to accept their grateful and respectful acknowledgements.— For the feelings which you have had the goodness to express for my loss, I am truly...
By the command of the President of the United States, I do myself the honor to transmit to you the enclosed letters, which have been received by him, the subject of which come properly under the cognizance of the Treasury Department of the United States. The letters enclosed are, one from Mr. Leonard De Neufville dated June 1789. relating sundry transactions between himself & Partners and the...
The sum of two thousand five Dollars is necessary to be advanced to take up Notes which were given for money advanced for the household of the President of the United States previous to the organization of the Treasury Department. This sum added to two thousand Dollars which you have already advanced for the purpose of taking up Notes, will compleat the payment of all Monies advanced for the...
[ New York ] October, 1789 . Transmits several letters relating to Samuel Caldwell. ALS , Applications for Office under George Washington, Library of Congress. Caldwell had been state tonnage inspector at Philadelphia up to 1789. Although he asked for a Federal appointment for the same job in April, 1789, applied for the surveyorship of the port in July, and asked for the post of lighthouse...
I am directed by the President of the United States to enclose and send to you, a letter addressed to him from Thomas Newton Junr. Esquire of Norfolk, dated October 24th. 1789, containing an estimate made by Commissioners appointed by the States of Maryland and Virginia of the cost of building a lighthouse on Cape Henry in Virginia—an account of materials which were placed on the spot for that...
The President of the U States being very desirous that the several Accots. of those Articles which were furnished by directions of Saml. Osgood & William Duer Esqr. in pursuance of a resolution of both houses of Congress of the 15th. of April 1789. and deposited in the house provided for the President of the United States, for his use, should be settled & paid. He has therefore, directed me to...
I am directed by the President of the United States to send you the enclosed letter from General Hazen dated Decr. 16th. and likewise a Memorial from the same person of the 12th. inst. together with the Copy of a letter written by the Presidents command in answer to the enclosed Memorial. I have the honor to be with perfect consideration Sir Your most Obedt. Servt. LC , George Washington...
[ New York ] December 28, 1789 . “By the direction of the President of the United States, I have the honor to transmit to you all the letters & certificates which have come to his hands from, or relating to, Mr. Samuel Caldwell of Philadelphia upon the subject of his application for an Office under the United States.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. See Lear to H, October,...
By direction of the President of the United States, I have the honor herewith to transmit to you a letter from the Governor of Virginia, dated December 18th, 1789, enclosing an Act (which is likewise sent you) of the general Assembly of that Commonwealth, passed Novr. 13th. 1789, to convey to the United States in Congress assembled certain Land for the purpose of building a Light House on Cape...
By order of the President of the United States, I transmit you the copy of a Report from the Post Master General accompanyed with the Draft of a bill respecting the establishment of the Post Office, to the end that the same may be laid before the house of representatives, with any remarks or suggestions, which may appear to you proper, in relation to the Finances. I have the honor to be with...
By order of the President of the United States, I do myself the honor to transmit you a letter from His Excellency Thomas Jefferson The Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the United States, dated at Paris Augt. 27th. 1789.—and likewise the Copy of a letter from Messrs. Wilhem & Jan Willinck, N & J. Van Staphorst & Hubbard to Mr. Jefferson, dated at Amsterdam 13th. Augt. 1789.—both of which the...
In obedience to the commands of the President of the United States, I have the honor to transmit to you a letter from His Excellency Beverley Randolph Governor of Virginia, dated January the 14th 1790, relating to the materials which were placed upon Cape Henry by the States of Virginia and Maryland for the purpose of building a Light House; and likewise the report of General Wood upon the...
[ New York ] February 11, 1790 . Transmits a list of the persons the President has appointed collectors, naval officers, and surveyors in North Carolina, and the names of those appointed to fill vacancies in other states. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
In obedience to the command of the President of the United States, I have the honor to enclose for your information, a letter from M. H. Bird to the President of the United States dated at Charleston S. Ca. 23d January 1790. offering the services of the Houses of Bird, Savage & Bird, and of Mannings & Vaughan to Act as Agents, if such should be wanted in Europe for the purpose of negotiating a...
[ New York ] February 25, 1790 . Transmits papers relating to the case of Captain Hammond, a shipmaster imprisoned in St. Jago. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Thomas Hammond, master of the American sloop Brothers . A British frigate seized the Brothers and her crew for allegedly possessing coins salvaged from wrecks near Boa Vista Island, the most eastern of the Cape Verde...
[ New York ] May 29, 1790 . “The President of the United States approves of the … Contracts … submitted to him by the Secretary of the Treasury.…” ALS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. See H to Washington, May 28, 1790 .
[ New York ] June 21 [ 1790 ]. “The President … approves of the enclosed contract for … the Light House on Sandy Hook.” LS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Lear erroneously dated this letter “June 21st. 1789.”
The President of the United States approves of the proposal, communicated to him on the 26th Inst. by the Secretary of the Treasury, made by James Robinson to the Collector of Charleston in South Carolina, to supply six hundred Gallons of Spermaciti Oil for the use of the Light-house, at two shillings and six pence per Gallon. The President of the United States likewise assents to the removal...
Return of the persons appointed by the President of the United States, for the Superintendance of certain Light-houses, Beacons, Buoys and public Piers in the United States. 1790. In the State of Massachusetts. March 10th. Benjamin Lincoln, Boston, Superintendt. of all the Light-houses, Beacons Buoys & public piers in the State of Massachsetts. Do. Thomas Knox, Supert. of the Lighthouse,...
[ New York ] July 4, 1790 . Asks that “the dates of the Warrants, which are to be issued for the Superintendants of the Light houses &c … be affixed to the names on the enclosed lists.” Copy, RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives.
[ New York ] July 13, 1790 . Encloses “the Warrants for the Superintendants of the Lighthouses &c.” LS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; copy, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ New York ] August 4, 1790 . Encloses commissions for persons appointed to the customs service in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ New York ] August 23, 1790 . Transmits “three Commissions [of customs officials] which have received the signature of the President.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ New York ] August 24, 1790 . States that the President has approved the contract for repairs on the Cape Henlopen lighthouse. LS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
In obedience to the command of the President of the United states, I have the honor to inform you that he approves of the enclosed Drafts of a Power and Instructions which have been submitted to him, respecting a Loan of twelve million of Dollars; but thinks an addition to the instructions given to the Agent, to the following effect might be proper, for reasons which he will assign to you,...
T. Lear has the honor respectfully to observe to the Secretary of the Treasury in reply to a request from the naval officer of the District of New York which was this day submitted to the President of the united States, that altho’ it is contrary to the general sentiment and wish of the President that any officers under the general government and particularly one of such importance as the...
[ New York ] August 28, 1790 . States that the President has approved the Cape Henlopen lighthouse keeper’s contract. LS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; copy, RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, National Archives. This letter is in reply to H to George Washington, August 26, 1790 .
As the removal of the residence of Congress from this city will necessarily dissolve our association for the education of our children under your care, and as those of us who remain, do not see a probability of immediately filling up our former number, we take this method of unitedly expressing the entire confidence we have in your talents, and our approbation of your method of tuition. We...
By the Presidents command I have the honor to return the enclosed papers respecting Capt: Howell which were submitted to the President this morning. I am moreover, ordered by the President to inform you that if you know of nothing to counteract these recommendations of Captain Howell, and if no particular reason operates against his having the command of one of the Cutters, you have his...
[ Philadelphia ] December 11, 1790 . “… I have the honor to enclose for your inspection a letter from, & recommendation of, Mr. David Phipps of Connecticut, for the command of one of the revenue Cutters. Also a letter and recommendation for a similar appointment from Mr. Henry Putnam of Georgia.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] December 14, 1790 . Encloses “a Provisional Contract between William Ellery and William Martin for keeping the Light House on the Island of Conannicut in the State of Rhode Island—which has received the President’s approbation.” ALS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] December 16, 1790 . “I have the honor, by the Presidents command, to inform you that he has no objection to gratifying the wish of the Collector of Boston, communicated to him this day, to spend a part of the time of the session of Congress at the Seat of Government, provided that an absence from his Office may not be injurious to the Public.…” LC , George Washington Papers,...
[ Philadelphia ] December 18, 1790 . Encloses “a letter from the post Master general to the President of the United States accompanied with a schedule of Contracts for carrying the Mail in the year 1791.” Asks for Hamilton’s “opinion on the enclosed.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] December 28, 1790 . Transmits a “letter from Mrs. Mary House in behalf of her son George House for an appointment on board one of the Cutters.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Philadelphia, January 7, 1791. Transmits “a Warrant appointing Joseph Greenleaf Keeper of the Light house at Portland in the District of Maine.” ALS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National Archives; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress
[ Philadelphia, January 11, 1791. “The President of the United States having duly considered the subject of building a Light House on Cape Henry in Virginia, as submitted to him on the 5th Instant by the Secretary of the Treasury … it appears to him that the proposal made by John McComb Junr. of New York is most advantageous to the United States, and he is therefore of opinion that the...
[ Philadelphia ] January 31, 1791 . Transmits a “Contract (which has been submitted to the President and received his approbation) between Joseph Whipple, for the Secretary of the Treasury and, Titus Salter, to provide for the keeping and supply of the Light House at the entrance of Piscatiqua River in the State of New Hampshire.…” LS , RG 26, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, National...
The President has commanded me to transmit the enclosed to you from Mr. Thatcher and request that you will give it the consideration it may merit. The President also requests that you will take occasion to converse with some others of the gentlemen from Massachusetts on this subject and to mention it likewise to some from New Hampshire. I have the honor to be   very respectfully & sincerely  ...
[ Philadelphia ] March 3, 1791 . Encloses a letter to the President “from the Senators … of Rhode Island recommending Mr. Thompson as a proper person for Supervisor of excise in that District.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Joseph Stanton and Theodore Foster to George Washington, March 3, 1791 ( LS , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress). Ebenezer Thompson, naval...
[ Philadelphia ] March 7, 1791 . Transmits “all the letters of application which have come to the President’s hands for appointments on board the cutters.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] March 8, 1791 . Transmits “a commission for Stephen Keyes, Collector of Allburgh in Vermont.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Vermont was admitted to the Union on March 4, 1791. On the same day Keyes, a Burlington, Vermont, merchant, was appointed collector of Alburg.
[ Philadelphia ] March 14, 1791 . Returns two lighthouse contracts which George Washington has approved. ALS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records, Lear, National Archives; copy, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. These contracts were for supplying the lighthouses at New London, Connecticut, and Charleston, South Carolina. See H to Washington, March...
[ Philadelphia ] March 23, 1791 . “I have the honor to transmit you agreeably to your request the five commissions for the Commissioners to receive subscriptions to the Bank of the United States.…” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. H to Lear, March 23, 1791 .
[ Philadelphia ] March 27, 1791 . “About two hours ago I had the honor to receive your letter of yesterday, which the door keeper of your Office says he forgot to deliver sooner. This will account for your not receiving the commission for General Hand yesterday forenoon as you requested. I have now the honor to enclose it.…” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] April 5, 1791 . Sends commissions requested by Hamilton. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Philadelphia, May 27, 1791. Encloses “two commissions for the inspectors of Surveys No. 4 and 5 in the District of North Carolina.” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Philadelphia, May 29, 1791. Encloses a proposal for a mint which had been sent to President Washington by John H. Mitchell. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Mitchell’s interest in a mint was of some standing, for an entry in the Journal of the House for April 7, 1790, reads: “A Member from South Carolina presented to the House a letter addressed to him from John H. Mitchel,...
[ Philadelphia ] June 1, 1791 . “In compliance with your request, I … transmit the commissions filled with the names as you directed.…” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.