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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....
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 received this morning a letr. from one of the council of the gentlemen in Connecticut, at whose instance myself & others were subpœna’d last autumn, requiring my presence in the next month at Hartford, which letr. I meant to have communicated to Mr. Madison, but found him too much engaged to receive my visit. It is only necessary for me to make known the above circumstance to you, I presume...
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...
Doctor Wellford having conducted the medical department of the Militia Army in 94, I owe it to my sense of his faithful services, to comply with his wish of my letter to you notifying his desire to conduct one branch of the same department in the Army now raising. But I am sure you so well know this gentlemans character & ability that any commendation of him to you is needless. Nevertheless...
It belongs to me to try to aid those I esteem & who stand in need of it. Such is the case with Mr. Clark. He was with me the other day & really I think yr. law officer has treated him out of the way. Mr Rodney talked of returning directly & promised as soon as he did return to finish his affair. Now he writes he shall not return till called for by the P. In this condition what can Mr C do,...
I enclose for yr. confidential perusal the letr. on which was founded mine to the P. As I said last night, my answer much in the way, as you suggested is deemed I presume satisfactory. I also enclose the Ps. note to me with an endorsement which please to sign if not disagreeable. It is the only document I hold to support the assurances contained in my answer. I return the passport, as it not...
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 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...
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...
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...
You will soon be placed in a station first in honor as first in responsibility & at a period full of difficulty & danger. On yr. magnanimity yr. wisdom & your pure patriotism the good Americans of all political partys look for releif & comfort. They confidently expect this boon from your long tried character. I am one among those who must wish, as well as most expect it. It is in yr. power to...
Hoping that a change in our foreign relations might produce a change in our system, I postponed my intended trip to the islands to this winter. My expectation having failed finding no foreign vessel bound to the islands I wish to visit, I despair of success, unless I can be permitted to go out in one of our own sea vessels chartered for the purpose expressly prohibited from taking any thing on...
I find here considerable distress at the issue to Mr Rs mission. All prospect it would succeed, & that its success would lead to amicable settlement of all our disputes, so that commerce might be resumed, Proving abortive they fear ill humor will overcome & at last war commence. They wait with anxiety to read the correspondence between you & Mr. R. in which they hope to find much disposition...
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...
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,...
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...