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I have the honor to enclose y ou a packet which came to hand the day be fore yesterday from Mr. Monroe. Since my last respects of which the annexed is a copy (and which also covered your letter from the same Gentleman) I have been much troubled with seamen. The Crews of ten American Vessels now in port all deserted in order to enter on board of privateers. The number of these deserters...
20 January 1803, Bordeaux. Has been informed by William Foster, Jr., that he is “about making application to the President” through friends in the U.S. for appointment to the vacant consulate at Nantes. Has known Foster “for many years” and he has a reputation for “possessing good mercantile talents, a cultivated understanding and virtuous principles.” He has resided in France “for upwards of...
§ From William Lee. 21 July 1805, Bordeaux. No. 241. “I have the honor to transmit you enclosed a letter I have this moment recd. from the US. agents at Leghorn.” RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, CD , Bordeaux, vol. 2). RC 1 p. For enclosure, see n. 1. The enclosure (1 p.) is a copy of Degen, Purviance, & Co. to Lee, 1 July 1805, transmitting a copy of John Rodgers’s 8 June 1805 letter to...
A severe indisposition which has confined me to my bed for several days scarcely leaves me strength enough to apologize to you for the confused style of my letter of this morning and to say a few words on other subjects The things Mr. Ba ? ker purchased for you with the hogshead of White Wine & Brandy I hold in readiness to send, the Consignee and Captain of this Vessel, have refused to let me...
6 August 1803, Bordeaux . Refers JM to his last letter of 27 June . The sixty American sailors he had arrested for signing on with French privateers have been “distributed among the American Vessels” after being detained several days. Encloses a list of the sixteen sailors who had “actually engaged” on board the Blonde and been paid advances. These men are still confined, as he has paid...
By the copy of my correspondences with the authorities here, which I have this day forwarded to the Secretary of State, you will see how necessary it is for me to quit Bordeaux, if not for ever, at least for a time. My situation Sir, is so very unpleasant, that I really have at some moments, fears for my safety. I have seen such dreadful scenes in this country formerly, that I have no...
I enclose you a Moniteur containing an account of the most murderous battle that has been fought during this campaign. Private accounts on which however no reliance can be placed say that the French lost eight general officers and that there remained on the field of battle thirty thousand French & Russians. With great respect I have the honor to remain Your obt Servant, DNA : RG 59—CD—Consular...
I beg leave to inclose you copies of my letters to Genl. Ar mstrong relating to an examination of all the American Vessels & Crews in this port. This measure has alarmed the Merchts. of the City, and alth ough it lasted but three days and our vessels are now permitted to depart it leaves a disagreeable impression on the minds of well-informed men who have their doubts respecting the future....
20 November 1804, Bordeaux. “The numerous complaints which are made by Captains of Vessels against my construction of the third section of the Law passed the session of Congress preceeding the last, renders it necessary I should call your attention to that Act and give you my reasons for forcing the masters of Vessels to a compliance therewith. “Following the letter of that law I have always...
18 June 1805, Bordeaux . “I take the liberty to enclose you a copy of a letter I wrote the Collector of Boston, a few days since concerning the Brig Ranger of that place. Capt Hooper has written I am told to Government on this business and those who have advised him to this measure are endeavouring to prevail on him to protest, and throw his Vessel on my hands. I hope on perusing my letter to...
25 December 1802, Bordeaux. “A severe indisposition will just permit me to say that I have again been under the necessity of sending home to their own Country pr. the Ploughboy … forty-three distressed seamen and I beg leave to refer Captain Jones to you for such a compensation as you may judge fit to make.” Has supplied the seamen with 4,840 francs’ worth of provisions and has received 2,708...
30 November 1801, Bordeaux. Encloses an extract from the consular registry relating to Barnet. Believes Barnet should have been content with soliciting support from his countrymen, “for the manner in which those from the constituted authorities here were procured, is not very honourable to him, or favorable to me nor can those testimonies be pleasing to the President.” RC and enclosure ( DNA :...
I wrote you a few lines yesterday to announce to you the peace with Russia. Prussia it is said is negotiating separately and the promulgation of the peace with her is hourly expected. The articles of each treaty will be communicated to the Senate by the Emperor in person who we are told is to be at Paris on the 16 Augt for that purpose. Several of his houshold have already arrived in that...
Inclosed is an Invoice and Bill of Lading of one pipe of Brandy, two cases of wine, two baskets of oil, one box of cordials, one box of Prunes and one box of gloves which I have sent by the Brig Rambler Captain Snow who will enter them at the Custom house where he may arrive and will send you the account of the freight duties and other expences. I have consigned these articles to him in...
I recd. your favors of the 25 and 26th July yesterday and shall send the things you request by a Vessel bound for Baltimore in the course of a few days. The enclosed moniteur confirms the report which I mentioned to you in my last of the Emperor Paul having refused to ratify M. Oubril’s treaty. Lord Lauderdale it is said has recd. his passports and was to leave Paris on the 7th. I doubt this...
§ From William Lee. 18 October 1805, Bordeaux. “I profit of a good opportunity which has this moment offered, to forward to yourself the moniteur, and to the President the argus. These papers will now become more interesting from the operations on the Continent, which have at last commenced with some vigour. A part of the Division of the French Army under the command of Prince murat have...
The reports which I stated to you in my respects of the day before yesterday were circulating in this City are fully confirmed and the successes of the Emperor even surpasses those of his last campaign. I have made a collection of the Bulletins, which I have the honor to enclose. In the Paris journal du soir of the 26th it is asserted that the french have entered Berlin that the Saxon army has...
I had the honor to address you on the 7th. inst. by triplicate enclosing the Imperial decree declaring the British Islands in a state of blockade. I now take the liberty to enclose you by triplicate the discourses of the Arch Chancellor of the Empire to the Senate, The message of the Emperor to that body a nd the reports of the Minister of Foreign affairs, recommending this extraordinary...
Ca. 30 August 1813, Bordeaux. “Being at this moment very unwell and almost blind I have it not in my power to transmit to you copies of my correspondence with Mr. Crawford & Mr. Warden touching my controversy with the latter and the motives of my writing a certain letter to the Duke of Bassano on which the President has demanded explanations of me through the Minister. That explanation has...
I have had the honour of receiveing your very obligeing favor of last month, informing me of the very unlucky accident that befell the Jenny; which I regret exceedingly, not on my own Account, but because it May be a small disappointment to your wishes which I shall ever think myself happy if I can in any manner be the means of promoting. I feel very sensibly your goodness in offering to...
Having enter’d into partnership with Messrs De Berdt’s & Sayre, we now send Capt. Walker out in a new Ship to load for us in Poto. & hope he will meet your kind assistance, for which we shall always think ourselves much oblig’d & shall endeavor to give you gratefull proofs thereof. Mrs Lee will particularly attend to the choosing any thing her good Cousins Mrs W. & Miss Custis may want for...
AD : Virginia Historical Society Waited this day on the Honble. Doctor Benjamen Franklin Minister Plenipo. from the U. S. of America at the Court of Versailles, congratulated him on his apt.—gave him an account of the Political state of Germany & Hold.— of the danger there was of G. B. geting a considerable number of Troops in Germany as soon as the peace between the Emp. & K. of P. shd. take...
12 June 1811. Lists items “Bot. of Joel Barlow,” including seventy-three bottles of burgundy “called Clos de vegiot” at $1.50 per bottle; twenty-one dozen of porter and ale at $2.25 per dozen; eight bottles of “Old Chateaux Margaux this is the same wine as is usually sent to the President from Bordeaux with the difference that this has been in bottle 5 years,” at $1 per bottle; “2 Cases...