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§ To Jacob Crowninshield. 3 July 1805, Department of State. “I have the honor to inform you, in answer to your letter of the 25 ult. [not found] that no information respecting the service of the monition in the case of the Hector, Smith, or any subsequent proceeding respecting it, exists in this Department. Mr. Wm. Lyman, as the Agent for such claims in London, will have it in his power to...
I have received your letter respecting Daniel Clark’s case. Should evidence from the Department of State or of the Treasury be material it must be taken under legal forms emanating from the Court, and would, be useless in any other. The certificate to which you allude has been forwarded to Mr. Sanford. In prosecuting the reversal of the judgment given on the invalidity of the bond, the...
I have duly received your letter on the subject of Mr. O. Evan’s application for a patent. As the application is founded on a decision of the Circuit Court at Philadelphia, against the validity of a former patent for the same invention, a compliance with it would admit the invali dity of all the patents issued in the same form since the commencement of the government. Such a principle I did...
Inclosed you will find the papers which you handed to me relative to the case of the American Brig Hector, captured by the Russians, in the Channel of Scio. You will also find enclosed a letter on that subject to Mr. Harris our Consul at Petersburg. It might perhaps be well for Mr. Thorndike, to obtain full proof. 1st. That the Blockade of Smyrna was not known at Marseilles when the Hector...
I have recd. your letter of the 7th. inst postmarked Octr 16 Columbia and in answering it, have to inform you that provision has already been made for the situation in the University of Virga. for which you offer yourself a Candidate. With respect Draft (DLC) .
I have recd. Sir your favor of the 13th. with a copy of the American Edition of Baine’s Hist: of the late war, to which I have given a hasty perusal. The work does not bespeak historical talents of the highest order, but it is a respectable performance; and merited a republication here, by the degree of research & candor appearing on the face of it. That it contains errors, some very gross...
I have received your letter of the 3d. Instant, enclosing a copy of your speech on the right of petition &c; which certainly contains very able and interesting views of the subject. I do not wonder at your difficulty in understanding, the import, of the passage cited from my speech in the first Congress, under the present Constitution, being myself at a loss, for its precise meaning, obscured...
J Madison, with his respects to Mr. Cushing, returns his thanks for the Oration on the last 4th. of July. He has read with particular pleasure, the able & seasonable views which it presents of the Colonization Society. FC (DLC) .
Mr. Madison has received Mr. Custis’s note of the 30th ultimo, with the specimen of fine wool accompanying it. He offers for himself the thanks to which Mr. Custis is entitled, from all his fellow-citizens, for his laudable and encouraging efforts to increase and improve an animal which contributes a material so precious to the independent comfort and prosperity of our country. Mr. Madison...
I have been duly favored with yours of the 7th. Not having taken with me to Virginia a sample of the Smith’s island wool, which you were so good as to furnish me, I can not judge of its merit, by comparison with the fleeces in the part of the Country in which I dwell. I regret it the more as I have always considered them as among the best in point of fineness, tho’ not of weight, which the...
I have recd. your favor of the 31. May, accompanied by the specimens of wool, & followed by the opportunity of seeing your fine Rambuillet Merino Ram. I am much obliged by these marks of politeness, & particularly by the expressions of personal kindness which you have added to them. I have long thought that in the œconomy of our rural establishments, we ought by reducing the number of Black...
J. Madison has duly recd. the copy of "Pocahuntas" politely forwarded to him by Mr. Custis. The long discontinuance of his attention to that species of homage to the Muses is a reason the more with him for distrusting his judgment in any particular case. Relying on the [ ] success of the performance when actually produced on the Philada. Stage, as the surest test of its merit, he does not...
I have recd. with your note of the 30th. Ult: the little tract of Mr. Law forwarded by you at his request; and I take the liberty of conveying thro’ the same channel, my respects & thanks to him. If my sympathies with his domestic afflictions could be of any avail, I should add the expression of them with great sincerity. I have always regarded Mr. Law as a man of genius as well as of singular...
$400 I promise to pay to Dolley P. M. & Mary E. Cutts four hundred dollars, being the sum recd. on their accounts by a Draft from Colo. George Bomford, payable to the order of D. P. Madison on the U. S. Bank at Richmond dated in Octor last. Ms (owned by Charles M. Storey, Boston, Mass.).
Tell Mary that I am very thankful for her present of Guava Jelly as a soothing for my cold, and that I wish her to be as distinguished among the girls as the Guava is among the Jellies. Tell her also that when I can find a remedy for my Rheumatic fingers I will send her my name written, as in health it would be. Tr (owned by Mrs. James Madison Cutts, III, Chevy Chase, Md.). Addressed to Mrs....
Your favor of the 8th. has been duly recd. as was that from Mrs. C. to her sister. I thank you for your attention to the Gardiner. Bizet has indicated a disposition to remain with us; and it is probable will suit the place better than a stranger, till we shall be able to avoid the expence altogether. The entire ignorance of our language and of the habits of the blacks wd be serious...
I have recd. yours of the 22. referring to my note to the Bank which becomes due early in May. The entire failure of my Wheat, and partial one of my Tobacco Crop last year, after like failures in preceding years with other disappointments have obliged me to apply thro’ Mr. Graham for a further indulgence from the Bank of six months, which I hope may not be refused. But if it should not, I must...
I inclosed in my last of the 22d. the note prepared by Mr Smith, with my signature, which it appears had not been recd. at the date of yours of the 25th. I shall be content with any arrangement that will satisfy the Bank and answer my purpose. Be so good as to drop me a line saying what has been finally done. With friendly respects RC ( MHi ). Letter not found.
I have recd. your favor of the instant. I hope you will never withold a line to me when convenient to yourself, from an apprehension that it would not be so to me. The only regret I could ever feel would be, that my returns might so little repay you. To supply the deficiency, I again inclose some of the S. Newspapers, in wch. you may possibly find things worth reading, and not republished in...
Your favour of the 23d came duly to hand. I wish the favorable dispositions you speak of may continue to increase among those whose weight has heretofore been unfortunately shuffled into a foreign scale against that of their own Country, and even against that in which their own immediate and particular interests were placed. It will probably soon be seen how far the arrival of Jackson with his...
Judge Washington is to send me shortly a packet of papers. I have taken the liberty of desiring him to put it into your care and I ask the favor of you to forward it by some safe hand coming into this neighborhood. The papers are of a sort that makes safety more important than despatch. Mrs. M. will tell Mrs. C. that we are all well, and I add my assurance to hers of our affectionate regards....
Soon after my last was sent off, I recd. your favor of . The report of the Capt: relative to what came to his knowledge at Halifax, agrees substantially with accts. thro’ other channels. It is pretty certain that the war was little looked for, and that some of its effects are not a little dreaded. Still we ought to be prepared for an angry & malignant prosecution of it, on the B. side,...
Yours of the 12th. came to hand this morning. I regret most sincerely, the circumstances which compel you to take the step you meditate, as the only resort under the pressure of your debts. I wish it were more in my power to aid you in your distress. Short crops, low prices, and other causes limit my present means, & suggest caution as to future engagements. I have determined nevertheless to...
Do me the favor to have the inclosed handed to the Editors of the Nal. Messenger in George Town who will return you a small balance & a receipt. Mrs. M. writes to her Sister, I believe. I can add nothing but that we have been for some days again got back to Winter. The mountains before us, as far to the South as they are visible, are covered with snow half way down their sides. Our fruits, the...
Be so good as to obtain for two letters inclosed a conveyance from the Department of State. We learn with much pleasure that we may expect a visit from Mrs. C. & the little family. We hope you will not remain behind. I shall set off tomorrow or next day for Rockfish Gap, but hope to get back in 7 or 8 days. Yrs. sincerely RC ( ViU ). Docketed by Cutts.
I recd. yesterday your favor of the 20th. Eddins has not yet recd. the pattern of a Rifle Stock. The information is very acceptable that the option is afforded him; and not less so that if his fund of Walnut should not hold out, it will be no disappointment to the ordnance Dept. He will soon be able to judge of this point; and to send down to Fredg. his first delivery. If I am not mistaken,...
I congratulate you & Mrs. Cutts on the event which has relieved your anxieties; the more so as it gratifies your joint desire of introducing a female series into your Nursery. We learn that our brother John landed on the Eastern shore South of the boundary between Va. & Maryland, & that he has been detained by sickness from which however he was recovering, with the expectation of setting out...
I have rec’d yours of July 30 & inclose a letter to Mr. Smith which please seal and deliver, requesting that the property I purchased of the bank & for which the closing payment has been rec’d may be duly conveyed to me. I hope this conclusive evidence will not be without effect on staying the purpose of your creditor in Charleston, to involve me in his chancery experiment. Extract (Robert F....
I have recd. yours of the 17th. inst. Be so good as to mention the amount of interest required for the 2d. note to the Bank in order to a Credit for 90 days and I will forward it in time for the occasion. Let me know also & forward whatever paper will require my signature for it. Respects & good wishes RC ( MHi ). Letter not found.
Yours of the 21st. Ult: came duly to hand. I thank you for your attention to the expected papers from Judge Washington. It was not my intention to trouble you with an application to him, but merely to receive & forward the papers which he was to put into your hands. I have sincerely sympathized with you in your pecuniary difficulties. Whatever inconveniencies may have resulted to myself from...
I have letters from Monroe of the 11th. of March ⟨He⟩ had conversed with Fox & Gray at some length, and found both not only w⟨el⟩l disposed; but avowing opinions which flattered his hopes of an adjustment of the most difficult points. Still nothing was avowed as th⟨e⟩ decision of the Cabinet. On the whole our prospect ⟨in⟩ that quarter ⟨i⟩s not unfavorable. You can’t expect me to dwell long on...
I have not yet found it convenient to ascertain the deficiency in the numbers of Niles’ Register. I can only at present say that I have not recd. a single no. since I left Washington, whence I conclude that those addressed to me have taken some other permanent direction, which will on explanation not deprive me of the claim to have them replaced. I wish however to apply at once for both the...
I enclose for your amusement a few papers of latest date. You will see that the Constn. has returned from France, and that an arrival from G. B. has brought the speech opening the B. Parlt. The latter decides nothing as to a change of the Cabinet or repeal of the Orders in Council. Its tone, on the whole is not arrogant. It is silent as to Russia & Ireland and as to trade & revenue. Distress...
Yours of the 15th. was duly recd. It being thought not amiss that you shd. know you were not liable to be called on by the Collector, the circumstance was mentioned by Mrs. M to Mrs. C. I regret sincerely the difficulties you experience; I have my felt them, and notwithstanding the great mutilations of my property, my situation is far from being free from them<.> My Rheumatism is of an...
I recd. yours of Ocr. 31. on saturday but not in time to answer it by the return mail. Inclosed are the papers from the Bank, with my name to the promisory Notes. Not wishing to resort to an Indorsor in the City, I embrace the alternative of accepting a bond for the conveyance of the lotts, for the reason you suggest. Be so good as to have the Bond executed on the delivery of the Notes, and...
I have recd. yours enclosing the Bills of Exchange &c &c. The letter for Mr. Rush contains one of them for the amount in the hands of Barring & brothers & co. If there be time to forward it to Annapolis before the Franklin sails, be so good as to give it that destination; if not, it may be sent from the Dept. of State with the first despatches to him. We have had a spell of weather remarkable...
As it appears from your letter of the 5th. that Mr. Gideon adheres to his plan of publishing the 2 pamphlets in the same volumes with the Federalist, and desires a corrected copy of the one written by me, I have thought it best to send one. Be so good as to let it be put into his hands. I have limited the corrections to errors of the press and of the transcriber; and to a few cases in which...
I recd. some time ago a letter from Mr. Geo: Joy in London, requesting me to search my files for a letter from him to me of Apl. 16. 1804. which I inferred he meant to make some use of with the Board of Commissioners on Spanish Claims. I have apprized his brother Ben: Joy that I have found the letter, and that I should send it to you to dispose of it according to the instructions you might...
A letter just recd. by Mr[s.] M. from Mrs. C. informs us that you had set out on a trip for Boston. This will probably find you returned, and I hope without any such accident as befel your former one. Mr. J. Q. Adams declines his Judiciary appt. Another is of course to be made as soon as the Senate are in session. Be so good as to give me without delay, information of the state of Mr....
Yours of the 25th. with the articles it refers to came duly to hand. And that of the 4th. supposed to be lost has also made its appearance. What has been the upshot, or is the present condition, of the suit in Chancery? and what a suitable fee to Genl. Jones to whom it has been a troublesome one? I thank you for the steps taken for ensuring the House. With cordial respects & salutations RC (NjP) .
Do me the favor to have the enclosed handed to Judge Woodward, if in Washington, or if gone to his Official residence, to change the direction accordingly & have the letter put into the post office. Let me know, if you please, the precise sum I must provide for the Bank by the approaching November. Mrs Cutts with her eldest son & daughter are on a visit to Monticello. They are expected back...
The Carriage we brought from Washington being nearly worne out, & not well to be replaced here, you will oblige Mrs. M. & myself, by procuring for us one suited to the Country at a price between 5 & 6 hundred dollars on a credit till the 1st. of Jany. next, on or before which payment will be remitted. Friendly respects RC ( MHi ).
I have recd. from Mr. Van Zandt a copy of his Bill in Chancery: of course known to you, and have answered the communication by a letter a copy of which I have thought it proper to inclose you. This error of fact which it corrects make me hope that I shall be rescued by the explanation from the disagreeable situation in which the Bill places me. With friendly wishes RC ( MHi ); FC (DLC) .
I have this moment recd. your 2 letters the last inclosing the note now returned with my signature. I had previously written to Mr. G. Graham and inclosed him $345. the interest due on the whole debt on the 4th. next month. Be so good as to attend to this circumstance, as the interest is in the new note made payable on the postponed instalment from Novr. 22. to Novr. 23. I send this by a...
I return the note Mr. Smith was so good as to prepare, with my name to it. Whatever else may be requisite now or hereafter from me, you will let me know. With Friendly respects RC ( MHi ). Below this signature are a number of computations which relate to JM ’s bank loan for the purchase of the Cutts’s house in Washington. The amount ($1,437.50) was for one year’s payment: 1437.50 172.44 3...
From the size of the inclosed I presume Mrs. Cutts is supplied by her Sister with whatever in our present situation may be interesting to our particular friends. In the letter with which you favored me some time ago it was intimated that Dr. E. was not averse to some foreign employment. This is a subject on which as you may suppose it is the inclination & practice of the Ex. to enter as little...
I inclose a draft on Mr. Allen of Fredericksburg, for $150. which I hope will be in time to extinguish the debt to the Bank, before a renewal of the note and a further call on the friendship of Mr. Nourse, become necessary. Do not fail to make him fully sensible of my thankfulness, for the aid of his name so obligingly furnished throughout the period which made it acceptable. I am recovering...
I have recd. your favor of the 16th. by the mail which brought the result of the Election at Salem. The general result I infer will fulfill your wishes. The atmosphere has for several days been filled with reports of an engagement between the Frigate commanded by Rogers and a British frigate. You will estimate the testimony by the Contents of the inclosed papers. The occurrence is in itself so...
I have recd. yours of the 23. The view you give of the proposed transfer of my debt from the Bank of the U. S. to that of the Metropolis shews it to be an eligible arrangement; and I return with my signature the note you enclosed. I am much obliged to Mr. Nourse for his ready aid in the case, and beg you to make him sensible of it. You will insert his name in the note & fill the blank for the...
Your letter, my dear Richard, gave me much pleasure, as it shews that you love your studies, which you would not do if you did not profit by them. Go on, my good boy, as you have begun; and you will find that you have chosen the best road to a happy life, because a useful one; the more happy because it will add to the happiness of your parents, and of all who love you and are anxious to see...