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I inclose the letter alluded to in my last from Mr. Merry to Mr. Wagner; also a letter from Barney & one from L. Harris. I have authorized Mr. W. to forward any more information relating to Barney’s claims, to Mr Skipwith, reminding him that no further interposition could be made, unless you should so decide. A patronage of individual claims, besides its interference with the functions of the...
Finding it convenient to send my waggons of [fl]our immediately, I request the favor of you to send by Mr Newman’s wch. goes off tomorrow morning, the articles on the enclosed Memorandum. I have desired Mr. Gray to hand over to you a balance of $7. dollrs in my favr., which may be applied towards paying for the articles. He will commit to your care also, a small supply of Wafers & sealing wax...
Your favor of January 24. came duly to hand, & relieved me very agreeably from the anxiety produced by the delay of the Report from the Visitors. The improvements made in our code, could not fail to have the good effect you mention on the public disposition towards the University. I had hoped for a greater effect than yet appears on the liberality of the Legislature. You can judge better than...
The letters received from you since my last are down to No. 36 inclusive. The perseverance of the British Government in the principle which licenses the depredations on our commerce in Colonial productions, with the losses already sustained and still apprehended by our merchants, has produced a very general indignation throughout this Country, and makes it necessary that you should renew and...
I have been favored with yours of Aug. 10. and have complied with the request to forward the blank copies it inclosed of “Certificates of Honorable Testimony,” to the Presidents of Agricultural Societies in Virginia known to me. I have intimated to them also, that the Engravers & publishers will furnish at the prices they mention, “Diplomas of membership” from a handsome plate. Be pleased to...
I recd the within letter from Mr Lee yesterday & that from Dr Hawes this afternoon. I enclose a check in your favour for $725 retaining from your moity $100 to replace the advance a few years ago for your share of the remittance to Kenty. for taxes, called for by a friend when you were not at home. I was obliged to borrow the money & have been paying the interest since, & still am. The Acct of...
Mrs. Payne having understood that Mr. Bullock died lately, has written you the inclosed letter, requesting the favor of your attention to her interests as committed to his hands. I need not add that in fulfilling her requests, you will also lay an obligation on me. The event of the questions on the Treaty will have reached you before this. In no instance have more extraordinary means been...
Since my letter of the state of the Treasury has been transmitted to me. It is more favorable than I had anticipated, and will be able at least for a short period, to keep the army in an efficient state. I have just recd. a confirmation of the fine blow struck by Perry. Harrison’s movements in consequence of it will I hope be not only effectual agst. Proctor, but be felt in our other...
The Resolutions on the Misspi. were taken up yesterday & passed unanimously thro’ the H. of D. They are as pointed as the case would admit, tho’ less so than some wished. I have not been able to get a copy for you. As soon as I can I will inclose them to you. Draw on me if you please for 100 dollrs. which I have on hand for you. I am sorry that some disappts. here have disabled me from...
I find by a letter just recd. from Mr. Tomkins that he declines the appointment lately given him; so that it will be necessary for you to think of another Successor to Judge Hobart. Writing at present without having the letter by me I can not inclose it A decree of Genl. Ferrand commanding at St. Domingo dated the 5th. of Feby. has just been forwarded from N. York, which transcends every...
I have recd. from Mr. Peers President of the Transylvania University, a request of such information concerning the University of Virga as might be useful to him in revising the code of the former, a task committed to him by its Trustees. I am unwilling to decline altogether a compliance with an application which has so laudable an object; and as doing the best I can in my decrepit condition, I...
The interval between the date and the transmission of the inclosed was occasioned first by the extreme hurry in which the communications from you found me, & finally by the reflection that as the Legislature had adjourned, the delay was immaterial. At the next session, there will be nothing to call their attention to the circumstance, and this explanation will I hope be an apology for it to...
I have recd. yours of the 12th. and from Genl. Parker a copy of his proposed order announcing the Medical appts. I have requested him not to publish it, till he learns from you that the form of the article respecting Dr. Elzey is such as he would not dislike. Perhaps it wd. be more agreeable to him to omit any reference to his being a Garrison S. M. either because he does not wish to remain...
Hamilton moved that the term of citizenship for members of the House of Representatives should not be fixed in the Constitution, but should be left to the discretion of Congress. Mr Madison seconded the motion. He wished to maintain the character of liberality which had been professed in all the Constitutions & publications of America. He wished to invite foreigners of merit & republican...
Your letter of the 28th. of Feby. has been duly received. The continuance of your infirm health is sincerely regretted on personal as well as on public considerations; the latter of which give some importance to a visit from you here previous to your departure for Spain. The President nevertheless readily acquiesces in dispensing with such a visit in case the obstacles to it should not be...
This [will] be handed to you by [James] To[dd from] Philada. who intends to enter himself a Student of the University. Being young & a perfect stranger, he will need all the kindness, in getting him properly settled which I well know yr. readiness to bestow in such cases. It is particularly desirable that he shd have in his dormitory an advantageous associate. He proposes to attend the Schools...
J. Madison with his best respects to Govr. Lincoln, offers him many thanks for the "Report by Professor Hitchcock, on the Geology &c &c of Massachusetts; with the Illustrations Plates. The work is of much intrinsic value, and presents an example which it may be ho[pe]d will not be lost on other States. Draft (DLC) .
Since my last I have recd. yours of the 26th. If the sketch of Erskine’s instructions be faithful, ⟨it⟨ shews as clearly that Canning was determined to prevent an adjustment, as that Erskine was, to effect it. The proof is the stronger of C.s insidiousness, as he must have known from the answer of Mr. Pinkney to the expedient which wd. substitute the capture of our trade under our laws for...
Upon his arrival at L’Orient Captain Smith will put into your hands several letters and packets for our Ministers and others in France, which you will be so good as to forward by the earliest safe conveyance, taking care not to send the packets marked "Newspapers or Pamphlets" through the Post Office. I am Sir, &c. DNA : RG 59—IC—Instructions to Consuls.
MS ( NA : PCC , No. 36, I, 179). Docketed: “Motion of Mr Madison seconded by Carroll Referred to Mr Bland Mr Van Dyke Mr Carrol Delivered May 14. 1781 Entd. Read. Passed May 15. 1781.” That Warrants issue in favor of J. P. paymaster general upon the loan offices of the States of Delaware, Maryland & Virginia in the following proportions in bills of the new emission arising from the 4/10 of the...
On the final question the Constitution was this day ratified by 89 ays agst. 79 noes. The majority is small but the proceeding has been free from every flaw & pretext of it; and the Convention as full as could be demanded, two members only being absent and those known to be divided on the subject. Recommendatory amendments will accompany the act of ratification. They are still [to] be settled...
I have recd. safe the manuscript of Dupont, and the pamphlet sent with it. The letter from Foster to you, I have handed on to the Secretary of State. The exemption of Articles for the use of pub. Ministers, from the impost, was founded in courtesy, & has been continued from respect to a course of precedents. The plea that it was required by the L. of N. cannot be sustained: Still less could...
Since my last of Feby. 14th I have received yours of November 16. The accounts of some jar between you and the British administration, republished from the English newspapers had begun to excite here considerable attention, and comments of different kinds from different quarters. As we knew that neither your disposition, nor instructions could lead to any unfriendly or unnecessary discussions...
I am very sorry to find by your favor of the 30th. Ult: that we are disappointed of the pleasure of welcoming you to the upper Country; more particularly as the disappointment has been the effect of a spell of sickness. I hope that such a penalty for your delay in undertaking the visit, will be kept in mind, as a motive for greater promptatude, the next season. I shall ⟨a⟩ttend to your orders...
LC (Madison Papers). Written by JM on verso of Dr. Benjamin Rush’s note of “Jany. 24. 1783 Thursday Evening” to “Mr Jefferson.” Mr. Jefferson informed me when he put this into my hands that he should not deliver the letter to Mr. B. Vaughan untill a peace shall be finally concluded; as he understood that he is a Secy to one of the British Ministers. Dr. Rush’s note of 24 January, covering a...
I have recd. your letter of the 15th. Having ever entertained for you the respect & friendly wishes to which it recurs, I shall not fail to drop a few lines to Judges Duvall & Todd on the subject of it; tho’ in so doing, I make an exception to the rule I am anxious to maintain, of retiring altogether from such interpositions, and can probably add little to their knowledge of the grounds on...
I received yesterday your favour of the 12th. inst. The date of the preceding one was early in May. From this interval and your not acknowledging some of my letters I suspect that our correspondence suffers from some fault in the post office. This has certainly been the case with letters between Col. Grayson and myself. The part of your letter which has engaged most of my attention is the...
At the date of my last I expected I should by this time have been on the Journey which promises the pleasures of taking you by the hand in New York. Several circumstances have produced a delay, which I did not calculate upon, and which are like to continue it for eight or ten days to come. My journey will also be rendered tedious by the route which I shall pursue. I have some business which...
The House approved a proviso to a Senate resolution “authorizing the exportation of arms, cannon, and military stores in certain cases.” The Senate disagreed to the proviso, “that there should be none sent to the dominions or territories of any of the European powers now at war.” In the House debate, Federalists favored the proviso while Republicans (who wanted to aid France) opposed it. Mr....
Understanding that notice has been given to all the Hotel-Keepers except Mr Minor that their appointments are to cease at the end of the present year, I wish the effect of it to be limited to Mr. Chapman & Mr. Richeson & Mr. Gray, it being the sense of the Executive Committee, that Mr. Spotswood and Mr. Conway should retain their Hotels; and that in case Mr. John Carter should be willing to...