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Department of State, January 3, 1795. “I do myself the honor of inclosing to you a copy of a letter from Mr. Fauchet to me, dated yesterday. As it comes up to what passed between us in conversation two days ago, I must beg the favor of you to enable me to inform him of the necessary steps to complete the arrangement of the forty thousand Dollars.” LC , RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department...
Department of State, January 3, 1795. “I beg leave to lay before you a letter of the 25th. ultimo from the Governor of Virginia with its inclosures. As they relate to a transaction during the embargo, which has been principally connected with the Treasury Department, I must request you to institute such inquiries, or furnish me with such information, as will possess me of the whole affair. I...
I called at your Office on Saturday, to confer with you on the subject of this letter, but I was not so fortunate as to meet you. By the last letters from our Minister Resident at Lisbon, it seems probable, as I took the liberty of intimating to you some days ago, that he is employed in negotiating a peace and ransom with the Dey of Algiers. If the circumstances of Holland should according to...
I informed the President, that you were of opinion, that the public service would not be at all affected by the absence of the Revenue Cutter of Philadelphia, on a voyage to the British West Indies, for the accommodation of those Merchants, who have suffered by spoliation &c: In consequence thereof he instructed me to inform you, that he had no objection that she should be dispatched for the...
I have taken into consideration the petition of James Kerr, which you did me the honor of referring to me. It appears from the testimony of the Reverend John McMillan, and Thomas McNary, that James Kerr did actually sign the paper of submission in time, and exhorted others to do the like. The persons who thus testify are intimately known by Mr James Ross, the Senator of the United States, to...
Mr. Fauchet’s communication about weights and measures goes to congress to-day. I inclose to you, as a private man, Rittenhouse’s opinion upon them; not thinking it proper to add that opinion to what is said to the house. RC and enclosure ( DLC ). RC docketed by JM, with the date “1794.” Dated 30 Oct. 1794 in the Index to the James Madison Papers . Date here assigned on the basis of...
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President the Virginia Act concerning the shares, in page 12. of the session of October 1785 . There does not appear to be the smallest obstacle from the words of the act, to the giving of the Potowmac shares to the fœderal City. The President will therefore be pleased to say at the foot of the letter to the governor of Virginia, what he intends to...
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President a letter from Colo. Humphries the material part of which is his memorial to the Portuguese minister; in which he says, that he has provisional instructions, in case Portugal considers herself at war with France. The Portuguese paper is translated. the French papers are nothing more, than a request from the French sailors for the...
I do myself the honor of inclosing to you a copy of a letter from the Minister of the French Republic, dated yesterday. I will thank you to inform me at the earliest moment of your convenience, whether the additional thirty thousand Dollars cannot be obtained. If practicable, this sum will, I perceive, be a very cordial relief. I have the honor to be, Sir,   with great respect and esteem, &c:...
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President all the letters of consequence, written to Colo. Humphries concerning the Algerine Mission, since the last money was voted by congress. They are of the following dates. July 19. August 25, Novr 21 on the same sheet with a rough letter to Short—and Decr 31, 1794. It is observable too, that these letters were written, as soon as it was...
The Secretary of State has the honor of submitting to the President two representations from the director of the mint; one containing the expenditures of the quarter, preceding the first day of the present year; and the other, containing an estimate for the present quarter. The two have been forwarded to the Secretary in order that he may request the President to issue a warrant accordingly. AL...
[ Philadelphia ] January 23, 1795 . “The Secretary of State has the honor of inclosing to the Secretary of the Treasury a Letter from Mr. Fitzsimons, requesting that the Cutter may call at Bermuda. Mr. F. will be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury for an answer.” LC , RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 8, December 6, 1794–October 12, 1795, National Archives. For...
I do myself the honor of submitting to your consideration a letter from the late Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of an act passed on the 20th of March last, appropriating to our intercourse with foreign nations an additional million of dollars. He refers to a report, in which he has brought into view the necessity of some further provision, and transmits an extract of a letter from...
The Secretary of State has the honor of inclosing to the President, a Letter from Mr Harrison of New York and some remarks wh. Mr Rutherford of Virginia desired him to transmit to the President. L , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Neither Mr. Harrison’s letter nor Robert Rutherford’s remarks have been identified. On 10 Feb.,...
The Secretary of State has the honor of returning to the President, the papers respecting the Ship of War to be built in Georgia. Nothing seems to be further necessary on the part of the President, unless perhaps it be to say to the Department, which has the principal superintendance of the Business, that a minute attention to economy is peculiarly desirable; and that it is recommended, that...
I have had a very full conversation with Colo. Humphreys, at some part of which Mr Wolcott was present. I submit, sir, to your consideration, whether something like the inclosed is not proper for the public ear. I shall mature a report to you upon this subject, by to morrow, if Mr Wolcott shall be able to determine by that time, how the money is to be raised. It is probable, that Colo....
E. Randolph has the honor of informing the President, that after every effort no person has appeared so proper for the temporary comptrollership as Major Lenox; and he will accept, without further expectations . Mr Wolcott and E. Randolph concur in thinking him unexceptionable; and if the President should approve, the business of the office, which is now stagnated, may immediately proceed. AL...
I had intended to have paid my respects to you this morning. But being deprived of that pleasure by a bad cold, and bad weather, I beg leave to offer to yourself, Mrs Hamilton and family, my best wishes for your and their happiness; and to assure You of the true esteem and regard, with which I am Dear sir   Your mo. ob. serv. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. The Hamilton family was...
Having caught a cold, I purpose, sir, to nurse it within doors to-day, unless you should intimate your wish, that I should attend you. I saw General Jackson yesterday. He promised to send me an answer respecting Mr Habersham this morning. He brought up Mr Baldwin again; but appeared to be satisfied, when I placed him upon the ground, which you suggested —He is in high wrath against the Georgia...
E. Randolph has the honor of informing the President, that the power appears to be accurately drawn in form and substance. The word “ last ,” which the President has noted, is a part of the title of the law of this session; so that it would not be regular to recite the law of this session by any other name, than that, which congress have given to it. However, there does not seem to be any...
E. Randolph has the honor of informing the President, that by one o’clock to-day he will be able to give him the sense of the senate, or at least of the most influential characters, respecting the time of meeting upon the treaty. The committee were sitting upon the Georgia business yesterday; and Col. Pickering was attending, as he promised. E. Randolph takes the liberty of suggesting to the...
E. Randolph has the honor of enclosing to the President a calculation of the time for convening the senate. E. Randolph has seen Mr Hammond, who thinks, that one of the three modes, would be perfectly official or formal. But as he has agreed to convey the necessary intelligence to England, E. Randolph will submit to the President a letter to Mr Hammond in the morning, and will also write to Mr...
The Secretary of State does himself the honor of requesting the favor of an acknowledgment that the enclosed summons has got safe to hand. United States March 3. 1795. The President of the United States to the Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate Certain matters touching the public good, requiring that the Senate shall be convened on Monday the 8th of June next; you...
The Secretary of State has the honor of Reporting to the President, that of the fifty three Laws, passed during the late Session of Congress, the following only require his immediate attention. 1. The calling out of the Militia for the western service —This is understood to be done. 2. The Loan of two million of dollars —done. 3. Paying instalments of foreign debts —done. 4. The Algerine money...
The vessel, which is to go to the West Indies for the papers, respecting British captures, being ready to sail, I have the honor to request a warrant on your contingent fund for eight hundred dollars to be paid to the agent, who will embark in her, on account of his expences and trouble, and seven hundred dollars, to defray the charges of records &c.; making in the whole fifteen hundred...
The Secretary of State has the honor of sending to the President a letter from Colo. Smith; upon which he is now in conference with Mr Hammond and the result will be communicated to the President in the morning. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Samuel Smith’s letter to Randolph of 29 March, sending information about...
I have the honor of returning to you the letter of Mr. J. Q. Adams. It is one among the many proofs of his attention, penetration and fitness for his present functions; which I feel a sincere pleasure in announcing on all proper occasions. The President desires me to present his acknowledgements to you for the communication. It will be agreeable to you to learn, that no intelligence from...
E. Randolph has the honor of submitting to the President the draft of a letter to Mr Hammond. The other subjects of complaint will probably be best in another letter. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. The draft of this letter has not been found. A note written at the bottom of Randolph’s letter to GW states that the...
The Secretary of state has the honor of reporting to the President, that few or no persons, not practically conversant with the Revenue-system, can form an adequate judgment upon the increase of officers, varying their compensation, or modifying their jurisdiction: that for this reason it seems to be a safe measure to sanction the plans, which have been digested upon these subjects by the...
E. Randolph has the honor of submitting to the President a draft of a letter to Mr Hammond, upon Mr Butler’s statement. Judge Peters thinking that a marshall is immediately wanted, Mr Wm Nicolls’s name is inserted in the commission sent —A blank commission for the accountant is also transmitted. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries...
Knowing, that the President intended to answer your letter , relative to the shares in the two rivers, I did [not] think it necessary to trouble you with an assurance, that I would remind him of it. He tells me, that he has stated to you fully the arrangements, which he meditates. Mr. Short mentioned to me in his last dispatches, that he had proposed to you some time before your resignation a...
The mail from New-York yesterday brought me a letter from Mr Pinckney, dated the second of february. He speaks of the extraordinary severity of the winter, and the prevalence of the most uncommon high winds from the North East; so that for a considerable time no vessels had arrived from America in England, and none had been able to go out. He says, that the last date received from me was on...
I am afraid, that there was some mistake in the newspapers, sent by Mrs Washington the day before yesterday, by omitting those of wednesday, and inclosing the morning prints of tuesday. I shall direct this to be rectified by the present mail. Major Butler, of South Carolina, and Mr Paine, of Vermont, yesterday acknowledged the summons to the senate, and say, that they shall obey it. Of Read,...
On saturday I was honored by your letter from Baltimore of the 17th instant, together with the one inclosed for Mrs Washington, which I immediately sent to her. Since my letter of friday, a letter from Valiere, the French Consul at algiers, dated the 28th of december last, and addressed to Colo. Humphries, has come hither, with a request contained in the envelope, that the secretary of state...
Notwithstanding Mr Van Berckel has no right to expect, that I should transmit his letter for your consideration, after what I have written to him; yet I forward it with the view, that if you should not approve a postponement of the subject; I may receive your instructions. If you do, I shall presume your approbation from silence. In truth, it is adviseable to gain as much time as possible. The...
I had the honor of receiving yesterday your favor of the 20th instant from Mount Vernon. A letter from Mr Jay, dated the 7th of January, and received yesterday from the Eastward, recommends the postponing of Mr Pinckney’s trip, until the treaty with G. Britain shall be ratified. I presume it is too late to give such an instruction, even it were adviseable; and Mr Jay probably calculated upon...
I have the honor to acknowledge your favor of the 21st instant. It shall be properly attended to. Yesterday brought me from New-York a flood of letters from Europe. Mr Jay’s letters are of the 31. Jany—2d feby—5th feby—6. feby—and 22d feby—They mention the letters from me, containing observations upon the two projets; and that he shall write by the Philadelphia Ships fully in answer. He thinks...
It being probable from your favor of the 24th instant, that a letter, directed to Alexandria or George Town by this post, would be too late to meet you at either of those places; and rather doubtful, whether you will not have passed Baltimore before to-morrow evening; I do myself the honor of merely saying, that Mr Carmichael died on the 9th of february last: that Smith, a former prisoner at...
The Secretary of State has the honor of submitting to the President of the United States a new case, which occurred during his absence, from the minister Resident of the United Netherlands. The documents, connected with the case, and now transmitted are as follows: 1. A commission from the States General of the United Netherlands to Jan Hendrick Christiaan Heineken, bearing date the 17th of...
The Secretary of State has the honor of inclosing to the President the substance of a conversation with Mr Van Berckel on the 20th Ultimo. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Randolph’s enclosed report of this date reviewed his conversation with Franco Petrus Van Berckel on 20 April, during which they discussed the Dutch...
The Secretary of State has the honor of laying before the President, two letters received yesterday from mr Hammond, together with the draft of an answer. The Secretary will wait on the President on his return from the Department of the Treasury, to receive his instructions. L , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Along with...
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President two letters, which shew a part of the measures taken to communicate the non-arrival of the treaty—This was suggested by Mrs Jay’s letter. He has also the honor of transmitting a copy of the rule of twenty four hours, and of the notification to the different ministers—It was published in all the newspapers. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous...
E. Randolph has the honor of informing the President, that Dr Way’s presence may be dispensed with at the mint for the few days, which he speaks of. E. Randolph has found a press-copy of the rules, which were fixed in August 1793, subscribed by all the four gentlemen. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Randolph most...
E. Randolph has the honor of inclosing to the President the last part of the letter to Mr Fauchet. It was intended to have been much more diffuse; but the intelligence about the memorial makes it clear, that the subject will be there poured forth in folio; and, as he has as yet only fired some scattering shot, it is perhaps better to see the points, to which his battery is directed. There are...
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President a letter, just received from Mr Pinckney; and will thank the President to return them as soon as may be convenient; in order that two of the papers (the orders of council) may go this afternoon to the press. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. The two orders in...
The damage, done to the Ship William of Glasgow, while she was detained by the French Republic, by order of the Executive of the United States, has been estimated at fifteen hundred and eighty dollars. Mr Fauchet being about to be informed, that this has been the case, and my letter to Colo. Monroe going to the same point, I beg leave to request a warrent on the contingent fund to that amount....
The Secretary of State has the honor of transmitting to the President the translation of the German letter, with the original. AL , DLC:GW . This letter has not been identified.
The resolution of the Senate is to this import: that the Senate advise and consent to the ratification of the treaty, upon condition, that an article be added to it, which shall suspend so much of the 12th article, as respects the West-India trade: and that the President be requested to open without delay further negotiations upon this head. The expectation of the supporters of this resolution...
E. Randolph has the honor of suggesting to the President, whether it may not be expedient to take the opinion of the gentlemen in writing on the following points: 1. Is not the resolution of the senate, respecting the treaty between the U.S. and G. Britain, intended to be their final act; or do they expect, that the new article shall be submitted to them, before the treaty takes effect? 2....
E. Randolph has the honor of sending to the President the substance of two conversations held to-day —He wishes to record them, and will therefore receive them, with the President’s permission, when he waits upon him tomorrow—As Mrs Adet is to pay her respects to Mrs Washington tomorrow at two o’clock, E.R. will avail himself of the interval, which will be left between her going away, and...