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Letter not found. 30 October 1804. Calendared in the index to the State Department notes to foreign legations as “relative to Kempher’s [ sic ] insurrection” (DNA: RG 59, Notes to Foreign Ministers and Consuls, vol. 1).
The copy of your "Memoir of De Witt Clinton" which I owe to your politeness, found me under the influence of an oppressive indisposition, from which I apprehend a slow recovery. In this feeble state of my health, at my advanced Age, and with arrears of pressing claims on my attention, it is uncertain at least when I shall be able to give the memoir such a perusal as would be agreeable to me....
The period which will close the appointment with which my fellow citizens have honoured me, being not very distant, and the time actually arrived, at which their thoughts must be designating the citizen who is to administer the Executive Government of the United States during the ensuing term, it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should apprize such of my...
Your favor of Novr. 8. was duly received. I must trust to your own friendly inferences, for an apology for so long a delay in acknowledging it. I found that there were in the Navy Office three Sheets of Gaulds Survey referred to in your letter. They are now in my hands. I find also, among the Charts handed over by Mr. Jefferson: one, on a large scale, of the Coasts of W. Florida, & Louisiana,...
Letter not found. 20 December 1804. Encloses two exequaturs (DNA: RG 59, Notes to Foreign Ministers and Consuls, vol. 1, index).
I have just recd. yours of the 23d. inst. in which you acknowledge the recet. of mine of Mar 18. & May. 16. but say nothing as to the disposition to be made of your brothers letter to me therein referred to. Be so good as to drop me a line supplying the omission. In the mean time I will forward the letter to Mr. Cutts, who will comply with your instructions in that respect; which it may be...
I have just recd. from Professor Lomax a communication of his final purpose to accept the Judicial appointment lately conferred on him, which will of course dissolve his connection with the University. He expresses much gratitude for the favors & friendship he has recd. collectively & individually from the Board of Visitors; & his deep regret that an imperious duty to his family obliges him to...
29 November 1802, Department of State, Washington. “I beg the favor of you to insert Mr. christian name, in the enclosed commission, to send it to him and inform me of the name you shall insert.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. Left blank in letterbook. This was probably James Nimms. In a 2 Dec. 1802 note to JM, Jefferson wrote: “Mr. Nimms the Commr. of bkrptcy appointed for...
I received yours of the 19th. on Monday. Genl. Brown, who returned from Monticello on that evening, has been since with me, till 10 OClock today. Your letter found me indisposed from exposure to a cold wind without due precaution; and I have continued so. I write now with a fever on me. These circumstances will account for both the delay & the brevity in complying with your request. The pinch...
Your ship being loaded with a Cargo, the property of the United States and intended for Algiers, you are to proceed to Sandy hook, and take under your convoy, the Ship Peace & Plenty bound to Tunis, with a Cargo of Military & Maratime Stores also the proporty [ sic ] of the United States, and such Mercht. Vessels as may be ready to join you. You will then make the best of your way with the...
Mr. Madison . Mr. Chairman—The honorable gentleman has laid much stress on the maxim, that the purse and sword ought not to be put in the same hands; with a view of pointing out the impropriety of vesting this power in the general government. But it is totally inapplicable to this question. What is the meaning of this maxim? Does it mean that the sword and purse ought not to be trusted in the...
I have a greater debt of apology, I fear, than I can easily discharge, for having so long omitted to answer your letter of 1811. I flatter myself however that you will not do me the injustice to beleive that the failure has proceeded from any insensibility to the importance of its contents, or to the generous motives which dictated it; and as little from a want of respect for the very...
12 June 1804, Department of State. “I duly received your letter of the 2nd. inst. and in answer have to inform you, that several months ago instructions were forwarded to our Minister at Paris with a view to p[r]ocure the consent of the French Government to such a modification of the Convention of April 1803, as may produce a more equal distribution of the 20 Million of livres among the...
This will be handed you by Mr. Childs who solicits subscriptions to a new Gazette to be edited from his press by Mr. Freneau. The plan will be shewn you & speaks its own merits. Those of Mr. Childs have besides other vouchers the character & success of a paper of which he has long been the printer in New York. With Mr. Freneau I have been long & thoroughly acquainted. He is a man of genius, of...
Note to Secy. of War, on Gaines lette⟨r⟩ of Aug: 7. It ought certainly to be at the discretion of Gaines to cross the Niagara. This may be made prudent by large re-inforcemts. to the Enemy, even after receivg 2000 from Izard’s army. Buffalo & Black rock must also claim his attention; whilst the Enemy are placed so conveniently for enterprizes agst. them. If Izard should be unable by leaving a...
I have been so intensely occupied since I was favored with your two letters of the 19th. & 20th. May, that I could not snatch an earlier moment to acknowledge them. It gives me much pleasure to learn that you retain so much confidence in the soundness & firmness of the great body of the friends to republican principles, with respect to an assertion of the national rights, in the only mode now...
In looking over my papers in order to purge, and finally arrange my files, my attention fell on your letter of Aug 20. 1804 in which I was requested to give such information as I could, as to the origin of the change in the Federal Government which took place in 1788. My answer does not appear; the copy of it having been lost, if one was retained as is probable. Will you be so obliging as to...
I recd. this morning, the inclosed letter brought from Mr. Hilliard’s Storekeeper. I apprized him that I shd. transmit this application to you, having no authority apart from yours. I am under the impression that there was some dissatisfaction at the manner in which Mr. Hilliard had executed his commission. Be so obliging as to take whatever order you judge proper, and consider my decision as...
12 May 1803, Department of State. “The letter of which the enclosed is a copy was transmitted to me by the American Minister at Paris, with a view that the enquiries therein solicited might be made. Not knowing to whom I might apply for this purpose with a greater probability of their being successfully made than to yourself, I beg you to obtain for me such information upon the subject, as may...
7220Notes on Debates, 15 May 1783 (Madison Papers)
MS ( LC : Madison Papers). For a description of the manuscript of Notes on Debates, see Papers of Madison William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al ., eds., The Papers of James Madison (7 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). , V, 231–34 . The Report relating to the Dept. of For: Affairs taken up and after some discussion of the expediency of raising the Salary of the Secy, Congress...
I have duly received your Letter of the 6th Inst: conveying the resolutions of a portion of my fellow Citizens of Washington County in the State of Maryland. Whilst I return my thanks for their kind expressions of confidence and regard; I feel much satisfaction in observing the patriotic spirit breathed by their resolutions unanimously adopted. The situation of our Country justly awakens the...
The day fixed for the meeting of the Convention was the 14th. ult: on the 25th. and not before seven States were assembled. General Washington was placed unâ voce in the chair. The Secretaryship was given to Major Jackson. The members present are from Massachusetts Mr. Gherry, Mr. Ghorum, Mr. King, Mr. Strong. From Connecticut Mr. Sherman, Doct. S. Johnson, Mr. Elseworth. From N. York Judge...
Recollecting to have heard you mention a plan formed by the Empress of Russia for a comparative view of the aborigines of the new Continent, and of the N. E. parts of the old, through the medium of their respective tongues, and that her wishes had been conveyed to you for your aid in obtaining the American vocabularies, I have availed myself of an opportunity offered by the Kindness of Mr....
I have just recd. your favor of the 4th. I congratulate yourself and Mrs. Gallatin on your safe arrival, and under circumstances which must console her so much for your prolonged absence. I was not unprepared for a heavy demand for expenses of J. P. Todd. I thank you for your kindness in lending your responsibility; and being unable in my present situation to do better for repaying the...
J Madison presents his best respects to Mr. McDuffie and returns his thanks for the copy of the "Report on the state of the Public Finances" politely sent him. A perusal of the Report has left him under a just impression of the marked ability with which it is drawn up. He must be permitted at the same time to say, that the Theoretic views taken of some branches of the subject discussed,...
(In reference to J R’s assertion, as to Florida & the alledged expression [“]that France wanted Money & must have it”) It may be due to the ⟨N⟩ation &c. to state that without undertaking to recollect the particular expressions made by me on the occasion, or remarking on the facility of misconceptions incident to transient conversations, my consciousness assures me that on no occasion, nor with...
I have received, my young friends, your letter inviting me, in behalf of the Whig Society of Nassau Hall, to deliver the annual address in September next on the day preceding the commencement. I value too much the source from which the invitation comes, and respect too much the occasion which is the Subject of it, not to be flattered by the choice made of me for such a service. I am duly...
My nephew R L. Madison has turned his thoughts to the new acquisition expected from Spain on our S. Frontier, and wishes an official situation there which may be convenient for the time and improve his future prospects for a growing family. The reluctance I feel in speaking on all such occasions is heightened on this by the personal relation which may be supposed to bias me. Leaving to other...
J M. presents his respects to Mr. McClean, and commits to his care, as requested by Mr Tracie a letter containing papers wch. had been deposited by him, with the Board of Visitors of the Univy. of Va. Draft (DLC) . Subjoined to the draft of JM to M. L. Tracie, 10 Sept. 1828.
I have recd. yours of the 11th. with the papers to which it refers. The determination of Jackson to withold even informal intimations of his authorized communications, previous to the ceremony of his reception, and his apparent patience under the delay of this preliminary, are sufficient proofs that his instructions are not of a nature to produce a conciliatory effect, and much less to change...