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In addition to my letr of this day, I beg leave to ask yr. attention to some matters which very much concern myself, & to which I have long desired to call the appropriation of a few moments of yr. time. Shortly after I had the honor of an interview with you in Albermarle, I learnt from General Porterfield that you had mentioned to some of yr. acquaintance, that I had offered for sale Mr....
The claims on my time since having been so pressing ever since I was introduced by Mr Walker into this intercourse which I have had the honor to hold with you, that I cannot without risking interpuption, delay communicating to you the result of the conversation with Mr W since my return from Monticello. I stated to him fully & distinctly what had passed at our last interview. I repeated my...
On my return home, a friend made known to me a report in circulation, so deeply affecting my character, that I determined to trace it to its source—the enclosed letr from Doctor Harrison of Wms.port exhibit the result of my exertions.— I need not I am sure recur to argument to excite yr. attention to the subject. I had supposed that my loyalty was so well established as to defy the most...
I have some papers of a private nature touching some pecuniary concerns in London interesting to me, which I am now arranging with a view of transmitting to Mr. Monroe our Minister soliciting his care of them. A report is circulated here that our ministers are on their return home. In this event I beg to know from you whether any public character will continue in London to whom I can address...
We seem to be passing the threshold of War. I fear it is inevitable. Therefore we ought to be prepared. There are two sorts of preparation necessary, first to hasten every mean of offence when necessary, & of defence always necessary, within our means. Pass not over the moment of Zeal (if war must come) to engage an adequate force for the contest. You not only secure the issue by so doing, but...
So long seperated from politics & politicians I should not now revive even a momentary connexion with them, did not my solicitude for our common good at this momentous crisis & unceasing personal regard for you overweigh my scruples & reluctance. Yr. proper decision & our countrys good are at present inseperably connected. I sincerely hope you may soundly promote the last by the first. It is...
I was as far as G town on my way to Alexa. this morning when I recd. several letters, all of which but one from Shirley, regarded only you & our country. One letr. treated cheifly of our differences with England, especially of the late decree, & contains in my judgement, some ideas worthy of consideration. This induces me to write to you, which I do with concern, as I well know the fullness of...
I have been detained here by a violent cold taken on my journey & of which I am just recovering. The solicitude all feel for the country at this portentous moment I share. It seems to me that in yr. hands is committed our destiny. If you play yr. game well you bestow happiness to yr. country & acquire the only reward grateful I am sure to yr. mind. Personally I feel interested in the issue,...
I do not know whether any information I can give will be to you intelligence. But I am so persuaded of its being a duty in the present situation of our country, that the man best calculated to reproduce harmony & with it strength & happiness to the U States should hear from any man disposed to tell him the truth what he beleives that I again address you. The removal of the seat of govt. as...
The last letr. from my family commands me to make the only effort in my power to preserve a life, the loss of which will bear me to the grave with unceasing woe. We shd. have gone to the Bermudas where I have a fast friend who had offered me his house even purse. But our condition with G Britain arrested my plan. My Physician advises So. America, as New-Orleans the only place within our...