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I have recd. your letter of the 29th ulto. The task in which you are engaged is a very interesting one, and I should feel much pleasure in aiding your researches for the necessary materials. But my recollections are very barren. I know of no "debates" during the period of Lloyds, but his, which are very defective, and abound in errors; some of them very gross where the speeches were not...
Your letter of July —— was not recd. till last evening. The Baltimore post mark is of Aug. 5. There is another post mark of Aug. 18. at a place not legible; and a manuscript endorsement “missent.” These are the only circumstances explaining the delay. I sincerely regret the difficulties you experience on continuing “The Weekly Register.[”] During the period of my public occupations, I was not...
I have received, fellow Citizens, your Address bearing date the 22d. of April. The circumstances of the period which led to this expression of your sentiments, were well calculated to produce anxiety in the minds of Citizens cherishing an ardent love of peace, tho’ ready to maintain the rights of their Country, even at the expence of that blessing, of any culpable share in bringing on so...
1 April 1805, Washington . “Your favor of Feby. 15. was duly recd, and the letter for Mr. Monroe which it covered soon after forwarded. It escaped my attention, till it was awakened at this moment by an accidental glance at the last paragraph that you wished to know these facts. I recd. a few days ago a letter from Col. Monroe of Jany. 19. He was then at Madrid, and had just had a formal...
I return the letter from you to D. on the subject of Mr. G. He seems to be incorrigible. If I am not misinformed, his eyes are opening to the conduct & character of Mr. S, with respect to both of which he has suffered himself to be misled partly by his own passions, partly by those who took advantage of them. You see the new shapes our foreign relations are taking. The occurrence between...
The National Gazette of Jany. 2 contained a publication, edited since in a pamphlet form; from two   sons of the late Mr. Bayard; its object being to vindicate the memory of their father agst. certain passages in the writings of Mr. Jefferson. The filial anxiety which prompted the publication, was natural & highly commendable. But it is to be regretted, that in performing that duty, they have...
8 February 1804, Department of State. “In answer to your letter of the 13th. ult. I have to inform you, that instructions have been transmitted to Paris calculated to promote a modification, if possible, of the Convention of the 30th. of April last, so as to divide the sum payable under it, more equally among the claims, than may happen from its operation in its present form.” RC (owned by...
RC ( LC : Madison Papers). At the bottom of the first page of this two-page letter, JM wrote “E. Randolph Esqr.” The cover is missing. Words and parts of words encoded by JM in the official cipher have been italicized. Late in his life JM or someone at his bidding placed a bracket at the beginning of the second paragraph and another bracket at the close of the sixth paragraph to designate the...
Quer. if a fixed temperature might not be got by referring to a thermometer—the freezing point—being the natural standard Quer. as to the inaccuracy of English calculations of London Pendulum. Quer. if mode of distributing actual standards thro’ the States sd. not be suggested at the close of the report. Quer. would not uniform cylinders be as eas[i]ly measured & judged of, as squares. Quer....
1776 . Lists costs for clothing, for equestrian provisions, for money “paid to Dr Wiggins,” for expenses for travel to Princeton, and “for Harry’s expences in Philada. & Journey home” totaling £66 10s. 4½d. and a credit of “149 Continl. Dollars,” or £44 14s., leaving a balance due of £21 16s. 4d. Ms ( Vi : Orange County Judgments, Madison v. Shepherd , November 1797). 1 p. Headed “Mr. William...
According to a promise in my last, I inclose a copy of the rates at which McGeehee works. I inclose also a few observations on a subject which we have frequently talked of, which are submitted to your entire disposal, in whole or in part, under the sole reserve of the name of the author. In Gordon’s History Vol. IV p. 399–400, is a transaction that may perhaps be properly referred to in the...
Your favor of the 3d. instant came duly to hand. You will have learnt from the Secy. of War, the measures, which were thought, on the whole, best suited to the general posture of our military affairs. The events on the Niagara frontier were as unexpected as they have been distressing. As there can be little comparative inducement to the Enemy, to prolong their barbarities in that neighborhood,...
I have received your favor of with the pleasure I could not but feel in learning that the accident to your shoulder was so far advanced towards a cure. It is with a very different feeling I am given to understand that any doubt exists as to your coming to Washington this winter, where besides considerations of a public nature, the social ones would be so interesting to us. I shall not give up...
A dysenteric attack at Georgetown with its effects retarded my journey so much that I did not arrive here till a few days ago. I am free at present from the original complaint, but a little out of order with the piles generated by that or the medicine it required. The Cato in which were the busts of P. Jones and the box of books for myself never arrived till the day before yesterday, having...
Having just learnt that the present Mail will arrive at New York in time for the British packet, I avail myself of the opportunity of forwarding your Commission and letters of credence, as successor to Mr Monroe, in the Legation at London. Since my last which went by Mr Nourse in a dispatch vessel bound first to L’Orient and then to Falmouth, I have received your communications of the 23 Novr...
I cannot acknowledge the receipt of yours of the 23. without a return of many thanks in which Mrs. M. unites, for the kind sentiments it expresses towards us; and without adding that no apology was required for the hasty departure of yourself and the estimable friend with you. The stay of both, had circumstances permitted, would certainly have given us great pleasure, the greater as I well...
I have received your letter of the 8th. inst. Whether the case of your Sloop Hiram is embraced by the Convention with France may be considered as doubtful. It would therefore be advisable for you to take the advice of Counsel upon that point, and upon the steps necessary for you to pursue in order to bring it within the purview of the Treaty, if any further proceedings are incumbent upon you;...
1. P 34. no right to visit for municipal objects See Resoln. of H. of Comms & H of L in 1739. Approvd. by the King. Resd. that ye subjects of G B. have an evident right to navigate in the Amn. Seas, as well in going to as in returning from any part of the dominions of H. Majesty, & that it is a manifest violation of this right to visit such vessels at open sea, under pretext that they are...
I recd. in due time your favor inclosing your two late Speeches, and requesting my views of the subject they discuss. The Speeches could not be read without leaving a strong impression of the ability & eloquence which have justly called forth the eulogies of the public. But there are doctrines espoused (in them) from which I am constrained to dissent. I allude particularly to the doctrine...
The enclosed letter for you has been left in the office of the Secretary of State, & I address it to Columbia, where I presume it will find you. I recd. during my absence in Virginia the letter in which you joined Mr. F. Maur[y] of N. York, on the subject of the french negroes on board the frigates from Gaudeloupe [ sic ]. The information was communicated to the President, and produced thro’...
I have received your letter of the 1st. inst. respecting the capture of the Ship Eugenia, off the Harbour of New york by the Cambrian British Frigate. That you may be correctly acquainted with what passed on the complaint made by the British Minister of the rescue of the former Vessel in the last year, from the British captor, who had her in possession, I enclose a copy of my answer dated 5th....
I recd. duly yours intimating your intended visit to the Sulphur Springs. I hope you will derive from it all the benefit wished. The mail from the N. this morning brings nothing more than you will find in the enclosed N. paper. The paper from N. York did not come to hand. The final act of the drama at Paris is not yet announced. It would seem that the allies can if they please, force Louis...
Finding on my return from a little ride, that the post was here without my having recd a key to the mail, I thought it best to have a link of the chain taken off, rather than take the alternative. Hence the mail goes open; but I am enabled to send the letters addressed to me for your perusal. There are letters from Erving but old & not worth forwarding. In fact I take all of them to be...
On the Receipt of your Letter of the 6th. Instant referring to Information that there were on board the Frigate Chesapeake two British Deserters, one from the Triumph, under the Name of George Curtis, the other from the Bellona, under that of John Birk, an Inquiry was ordered into the Facts. From the Report of Captain Decatur, commanding the Chesapeake it appears that the Crew of that Ship...
Will you be so good as to have the files of the War Dept. searched for the letters referred to in the inclosed, and to forward them if found ⟨to⟩ the ⟨writer.⟩ Friendly respects RC ( DNA : RG 107, LRRS , M–317:10). Docketed by a War Department clerk in September 1817, with the note: “James Madison Esq. requesting that the papers mentioned in the enclosed letter be forwarded to the person.” At...
I submit to your perusal the inclosed letter as the most ready mode of explaining the wish of Bishop Madison with respect to Mr. Mansfield. If you can furnish me with any information proper for an answer, you will oblige me by so doing. It is not improbable that the Bishop may take Monticello in his way as he proceeds Westward. In this case you will be saved the trouble otherwise imposed. Yrs...
25 October 1803, Department of State . In answer to his letter of 20 Oct., informs Lewis that his “losses in the case of the Schooner Maria having happened since the 30th. Sept. 1800, they are not covered by the Treaties with France respecting the acquisition of Louisiana.” The papers Lewis submitted to the State Department respecting his claim will be forwarded to Livingston at Paris “with a...
My known respect for the public & personal worth of Dr. Richard Field has led to a wish from his friends that I would make it known at a moment when his name will be before you as a candidate for a Collectorship. I must apologize for any intrusion in such a case; but in speaking of Docr Field I can not say less than that from every thing I have known or believe of his character, he is well...
I observe that the price of flour has risen a little. As the advance of the season will soon bring the Northern supplies into market, I think it would be best to take advantage of it, and if you concur in this opinion I will ask the favor of you to dispose of mine. Draft (DLC) .
Your letter of the 27th august has just come to hand that inclosing the papers from Mrs Jones having been previously recd. It appears by Mr Pinkneys communication that W Brown, being compleatly in his power had given up between 30 and 40 thousand Dollars and there was some prospect of getting from him a further sum, which however was not likely to be very considerable. I sincerely wish not...
Mr. Alexander Smith having brought to hand your dispatches, it is seen with regret that my letter of did not accompany the one which the President addressed to the Emperor. Though it is probable that the defect will have been remedied by the receipt of a duplicate, it has nevertheless been thought proper to repeat a copy under this cover. I am &c: DNA : RG 59—IC—Instructions to Consuls.
14 May 1805, Department of State . “In answer to your letter of the 14th of March, I have to observe that the 3d Sect. of the supplement to the Consular Act is considered as evidently requiring the payment of three months extra wages, in cases where seamen are offered immediate employment in American vessels on the same terms on which they engaged. “The Secretary of the Treasury has...
I return my thanks for the copy of the Agricultural Almanack, obligingly sent me. You do not fail, I see, to dispense thro’ that medium, rays of instruction on a favorite subject. I hope your good constitution, good health, & good habits, may have their full effect, in keeping you above the Horizon, for that and other enlightening services. I should have acknowledged your favor some what...
Your favor of the 15th inst: came to hand by thurday’s post. Mine by the last post acknowledged your preceding one. The umbrage given to the Comsrs. of the U. S. by the negociations of N. Y. with the Indians was not altogether unknown to me, though I am less acquainted with the circumstances of it than your letter supposes. The Idea which I at present have of the affair leads me to say that as...
30 March 1804, Department of State. “The Minister of His Majesty, the Emperor of Germany, at Madrid, having represented to Mr. Pinkney, that irregularities have taken place, with respect to the Imperial Polacre Paula, Capt. Radich, captured last year by the Naval Squadron of the U. States and carried to Malta, I request you to be pleased to furnish me with the report of the officers concerned...
6 October 1804, Department of State. “I request you to be pleased to issue a warrant for fifty six thousand dollars on the appropriations for foreign intercourse and to cause the proceeds thereof to be remitted to Messrs. Willinks and Van Staphonts [ sic ], the Bankers of this Department at Amsterdam.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. JM made similar requests for $6,000 on 22...
Your favor of the 9th. Feby. is just handed to me. Having but a moment to answer it I confine myself to the Paragraph relating to Mr. Scotts proposition. I thank you most sincerely for the attention you have given to my request on that matter. My opinion is not changed with regard to the policy of some such speculation, and I shall revolve well your communications. The difficulty however of...
Estimate for the service of the year 1808 Foreign Intercourse. Salaries of three Ministers viz, To London, Paris & Madrid, a 9.000 } 27,000 } Ditto for their 3 Secretaries a 1350. 4,050 Contingent expenses of those Missions 2,000 Contingencies of foreign Intercourse 20,000 53,050. Barbary Intercourse. Salary of the Consul General at Algiers } 4.000 } Do. of the Consuls at Morocco, Tunis, &...
The Commonwealth to James Madison (Orange) Dr To 41 Days attendance to the 5th Decr inclusive } 20.10 Travelling 150 Miles coming & returning } 3   £23.10. Ms ( Vi ). In a clerk’s hand and endorsed by John Beckley. Docketed with the file designation “Exps. Governmt.”
12 January 1811. Transmits a copy of a letter from the U.S. minister in London to the secretary of state and a copy of a letter from the same to the British secretary of state for foreign affairs. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1); RC ( DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E3). Each RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. For enclosures, see nn. JM...
I consult the wishes of Mr. Sparks in making you a channel of communication with him. Should he not have arrived at Washington, be so good as to retain the inclosed letter till you can deliver it in person, or till otherwise advised by him or by me. I take this occasion, Sir, to thank you for the copies of Mr. Webster’s and Mr. Sprague’s late speeches. They do honor, both of them, to the...
1 January 1802, Department of State, Washington. Acknowledges receipt of Lenox’s 12 Oct. letter and enclosures as well as his earlier letters. It is hoped that American seamen will be discharged from British service as ships return to England with the advent of peace. Accordingly, the president consents to Lenox’s return home in the spring. Erving, the consul at London, will handle any...
Richmond, 8 May 1784. “Near a whole week has already passed without the meeting of a house. 79 are requisite for business, of which about 60 have arrived. … Not a single idea can as yet be formed of the politics which will predominate.” MS not found; extracts reprinted from Stan. V. Henkels, Catalogue No. 712, 14 Dec. 1893, Lot 199. See record entry in Vol. 7: 235.
The Committee of Detail report provided that “No tax or duty shall be laid by the Legislature on articles exported from any State” ( Farrand, Records Max Farrand, ed., The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (4 vols.; New Haven, 1911–37). , II, 183). Mr Madison As we ought to be governed by national and permanent views, it is a sufficient argument for giving the power over exports that a...
6 October 1803, Department of State . “I herewith enclose a copy of a paper, which I yesterday received from the Treasury Department, containing sundry charges made by George Breining against Henry Voight, Chief coiner in the Mint; and I request you to enquire into the same and transmit to this Department your opinion thereon.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 14). 1 p. For enclosure,...
§ To Francis Becker. 12 July 1805, Department of State. “The Louisiana Convention not providing for admitting restitution in case of property being irreversibly condemned, the claim you refer to, in your letter of the 6th. inst. [not found], seems to be unprovided for.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 59, DL , vol. 15). 1 p. Becker had two claims against the French government. One was for the...
Debate commenced over a motion made by JM on 5 December nominating James Monroe for the office of governor of Virginia. Richard Bland Lee (Fairfax County) proposed postponing the motion until the following Monday, while George Keith Taylor (Prince George County) urged an investigation into the character and “political motives” of Monroe. Taylor claimed that Monroe’s mission to France had been...
I received some time ago your letter of December 24th. informing me that the negroes under the charge of Mr. Nicholls had arrived in safety and that they were all well at your arrival on the 26th. of November. I have since received your letter of January 16th. in which you represent the condition of the girl Betty as annulling her sale, and decline on that account the payment of any part of...
Your favor of the 16th. of March came to hand a few days before Mazzei called on me . His plan was to have proceeded hence directly to Annapolis . My conversation led him to pr [o] mise a visit to Mr. Henry from whence he proposed to repair to Richmond
By the Bank Act of 1791, the federal government paid $2 million, from funds previously borrowed at 6 percent interest and appropriated for debt reduction, for its shares in the Bank of the United States. The bank in turn lent the government $2 million to be applied toward the reduction of debt as previously appropriated and to be paid off in $200,000 annual installments over the next ten years...