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This Indenture this seventeenth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirteen Between Philip Mazzie a Citizen of Virginia now residing in Pisa in Italy of the one part and Thomas Taylor of the City of Richmond and Commonwealth of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth: that the said Philip Mazzie for and in consideration of the sum of six thousand five hundred dollars to him in...
Immediately upon my receipt of your request to execute a deed to for M r Mazzei’s property in Richmond , I announced my readiness to sign any instrument, which you might forward to me. Not having heard from you since, I suspect, that my letter has miscarried, and now therefore repeat it. I am reached here sooner l with letters by the way of Alexandria , than through any other channel of...
I am greatly indebted to you for your prompt and efficient relief in the difficulty, which I had no reason to expect. As soon as I see my son in law Thomas Preston, whom I presume to be now in Baltimore, I shall move on to the medicinal springs either in Berkeley or Bath county. I scarcely see a man, who does not feel himself elated with the hope, that Rodgers’s pursuit of the Jamaica fleet...
Having removed hither to pass the fall and winter under the roof of my daughter Taylor, I did not receive your late letter until yesterday. If the analogy between the case at Philadelphia, and the more recent one at Washington, be strong enough to merit the application of it, with the following clue, a second search at the Treasury may perhaps succeed. Giles’s resolutions had been defeated,...
Without one feeling, left of the character of a partizan, but still living to friendship, a man, whose hand is known to Mr. Madison, asks him, whether he recollects, or ever heard, that after Colo. Hamilton, had been severely pressed for a supposed misappropriation of the money, devoted by law to special purposes, he, Colo H, produced a letter, authorizing it, signed by President Washington,...
This is the first letter, which I have written, since my convalescence after the dreadful attack from a hemiplegia, with which by a kind of sympathy with my poor wife, I was afflicted in a few weeks from her death. It happily affected no faculty of my mind, and has not taken away the sanguine hope, that altho’ I require in rough ground the aid of a crutch, I may be restored to the free use of...
Mr. Thomas L. Preston, my son in law, being Edmonia’s husband, purposes to visit Washington. I take the opportunity of renewing to you by him my perfect assurances of being ever Your affectionate friend RC ( DLC ). Thomas L. Preston (d. 1812) represented Rockbridge County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1806–11 (Richmond Enquirer , 18 Aug. 1812; Swem and Williams, Register Earl G. Swem and...
I took the liberty of inclosing to you about ten days ago a farther representation, and some documents on the subject of John Moss, now in the penitentiary, under a sentence of the circuit court of the United States. Not knowing, whether my letter has reached your hands, I am induced to request, that your pleasure upon the application for the remission of the corporal punishment may be...
I have the honor to acknowledge your favor, of the 28th. of December, on the subject of John Moss. Some of the difficulties which you were pleased to suggest, had occurred to my self; but that which I now remove by the inclosed copy of the judgment, was supposed by me to have been obviated by a communication from the attorney of the District. With the application for mercy, you would never,...
Before the departure of the attorney of this district for Norfolk, I wrote to him, with his permission, a letter intended to be conveyed to the President of the United States, upon the subject of John Moss, who has lately received a sentence of ten stripes, and of imprisonment for four years, for robbing the mail at Petersburg. I know not, whether, in his hurry, he may not have forgotten to...
Mr. James Lownes, of this place, is about to visit Monticello, upon a subject, interesting to himself, as a father. He wishes therefore to have his character made known to you. It is with pleasure, that I assure you, from the united testimony of his fellow-citizens and my own particular knowledge, that his character is eminently respectable, and that confidence is universally placed in him,...
Edm: Randolph presents his respectful compliments to Mr. Jefferson; and will thank him to assign to Colo. Wilson Cary Nicholas the order on Mr. Robinson’s admrs, concerning which E. Randolph took the liberty of writing to him the other day; as Colo. Nicholas is now intitled to the balance. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
As the terms for an arrangement, including Mr. Short’s claim on me, will soon be perfected with the comptroller, permit me to obtain the favor of you, to forward to me the order, which I formerly gave in Mr. Short’s favor, on Messrs. Pendleton & Lyons, as administrators of Mr. Robinson. I would not trouble you, had I not been enformed by the comptroller and Mr. Geo. Jefferson, that it is not...
E. Randolph, with respectful compliments to Mr. Jefferson, incloses to him the execution, which was accidentally omitted the other day. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
E. Randolph, with respectful compliments to Mr. Jefferson, takes the earliest opportunity, since the receipt of the decree against Johnson, of inclosing it. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
E. Randolph, with best respects, to Mr. Jefferson. Yesterday your suit with Johnson was tried; when the judge declared it to be perfectly clear in your favor, and dismissed the bill. Johnson’s counsel said, that she should make no remarks in opposition to the decree. I presume, therefore, that an appeal is not meditated. If it be so, the present result can never be varied. DLC : Papers of...
The inclosed decree has been rendered upon some few of the points, on which I have been consulted by you. I have sent a copy to Mr. Wm. Madison. Mr. Rose has commenced a suit, in which he employs a great scope of demand. I have yet received no information from Mr. Wm. M. concerning it; tho’ it will be time enough, when the bill is filed. I am dear sir always Yr. friend RC ( DLC ). Docketed by...
The inclosed papers have been in my hands for several weeks; having been sent, as you will perceive, to me by Mr. Brooke, for the purpose of being submitted to the chancellor. Mr. Wm. Madison having spoken to me several times at Fredericksburg on this subject, and made appointments for coming hither to bring it to a conclusion, And failing in all, I was too much at a loss, to be justified in...
I beg you to attribute my late delay to any thing, but inattention to your wishes. I have not only been hurried off from home, since I wrote to you last, but returned, and found another court, which, from the involution of jurisdictions by the Act of the Congress, which expired with Adams, I had utterly forgotten. In your favor of March 25. 1801. the three additional questions, of which I...
Questions propounded by James Madison Esqr 1. Where lands are brought into Hotchpot, is the value of them to be taken at the time of the advancement or of the dividend? 2. Does the bequest of negroes and other personal estate in the will “to his children” exclude the representatives of those deceased between the date of the will and the death of the testator. This question may perhaps be...
This is the last day of the chancery-term; with which and the terms of other courts I have been occupied ever since the first day of March; sometimes with two at a time, and always with an indisposition, from which I am just recovering by the observance of a Regimen. This must be my apology for not again writing to you earlier; but I shall certainly do so in the course of the week. The general...
This Indenture made this nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred. Between Edmund Randolph of the City of Richmond of the one part, and Thomas Jefferson the friend and trustee of Arriana Randolph, William Foushee, Daniel L. Hylton, William DuVal, Samuel Mc.Craw, Lewis Nicholas, and Philip Norborne Nicholas of the other part: Whereas the said Edmund Randolph...
These “hasty notes” were most probably replies to queries (not found) that JM had posed to Edmund Randolph sometime during the early days of the Virginia General Assembly session in 1799. In his research for that part of the Report of 1800 that dealt with the common law, JM no doubt surveyed the handful of important court decisions that supported the doctrine that the English common law was...
Among the materials JM drew on for his Report of 1800 were some notes written by Edmund Randolph for a projected essay on the question of whether there was a federal common law of crimes. Although the editors have found no evidence that JM commented on this paper to anyone, its presence in JM’s papers points to its use by the author of the report. The idea that the entire body of English...
While I supposed, that every thing was completed by Mr. Morris relative to Mr. Short’s money, for which he (Mr. M.) gave me his note for stock in 1794, I have been deceived. Immediately I obtained from Mr. Lyons and Mr: Pendleton, who hold six per cent stock the inclosed assumpsit for £2,000 within thirty pounds; which you will find satisfactory; as it is certain. I am the absolute owner of...
E. Randolph informs his friend Mr. Jefferson, that he shall by the mail of tuesday next, put into his hands such documents, as have been promised by him respecting Mr. Short’s affair. RC ( DLC : Short Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1797 and so recorded in SJL . Letters from Randolph to TJ of 12 July and 6 Aug. 1797, recorded in SJL as received 14 July and 7 Aug. 1797,...
Judge Claiborne, of the state of Tennessee, has requested me to introduce him to you. He is travelling on to Philadelphia, with a view to solicit the appointment of district-judge in that state under the U. S. Altho’ a young man, his pretensions have been marked by the opinion, prevailing there, of his superiority over his present competitors, who formerly contested with him the seat on the...
19 August 1796, Richmond. Introduces Edwin Burwell. RC ( DLC ). Written on a half-sheet, with signature clipped; a fragment with a Randolph signature was attached before the RC was given to the Library of Congress in 1937. These two pieces are attached to a separate sheet, at the bottom of which is written in an unidentified hand, “To the Hon James Madison / House of Reps. U.S.” A docket on...
The meeting, which I mentioned to you in my last letter, was this day held at the Capitol. Between 3 & 400 persons were present; a large proportion of whom were British merchants, some of whom pay for the British purchases of horses, their clerks, officers, who hold posts under the President at his will, stockholders—expectants of office—and many without the shadow of a freehold....
For reasons, which I assigned to you on our interview near Balto, I have not written to you, since your sojournment at Phila. The inclosed notice presents a subject, not influenced by those reasons. It is a branch of the Phila. system, which underwriters, merchants and the devotees of the administration invariably inforce; and unless counteracted, will throw every thing at their feet. The...
I have forborne to write to you since my resignation, that you might be able to affirm, that in the ground, which I shall take in my appeal to the people, you have borne no part. For among the objects, which the President and his party have in view, one is to destroy the republican force in the U. S. A conspiracy, more deeply laid and systematically pursued, has not yet occurred; and in every...
I affirm to you, that the delay, which has occurred in the arrival of my letter of the 8th instant to your hands, is not to be ascribed to me. It was sent to the post-office on friday the 9th; but too late, I believe, for the mail of that day. If I am not misinformed, it reached Alexandria on Wednesday, the 14th; from whence it was brought back on saturday, the 17th; you having passed thro’...
Until monday last I did not obtain from the office those of my own letters, which I deem proper to be introduced into my vindication. But I still want the inspection of a letter from you, dated July 22. 1795, and received by me. I applied personally at the office on Saturday last for the sight of your letters to me. The Chief Clerk went into the room, in which Mr Pickering sits, to consult...
I returned yesterday from German Town; and this morning I shall proceed to the examination of the necessary papers. Finding it important to one branch of the subject, that I should ask a small addition to the narrative in your letter of the 20th ultimo; I have to request, that I may be informed, as far as may be in your power, when Mr Hammond put Mr Fauchet’s letter into the hands of Mr...
I have this moment received a letter from Colo. Pickering, dated yesterday, informing me, that it was your “desire, that the other copies of the ratification might also receive my signature, as secretary of state at the date of the ratification.” Altho’ for many reasons, this cannot be supposed to be a pleasant business to me; yet to shew to you, that by my resignation I never intended to...
In my letter of the 19th ultimo, I informed you of my purpose to overtake Mr Fauchet, if possible. I accordingly went to Newport in Rhode Island; where I had an interview with him. The abrupt and unexpected sailing of the French Frigate, La Meduse, on the morning of the day, after I arrived there, had nearly deprived me of the object of my journey. But I trust, that I am in possession of such...
Immediately upon leaving your house this morning, I went to the office for the department of state, where I directed the room, in which I usually sat, to be locked up, and the key to remain with the Messenger. My object in this was to let all the papers rest, as they stood. Upon my return home, I reflected calmly and maturely upon the proceedings of this morning. Two facts immediately...
I expected to have the pleasure of seeing you here at the supreme court; when I meant to Enter into, a full conversation with you. But being disappointed, I shall only beg you to read a letter, which I have this day written to Mr. Jay; and requested him to shew to you. If I do not mistake, your ideas and mine were not very different as to the provision-order I am dear sir with real esteem and...
I have forwarded, agreeably to your Excellency’s request, the letter, which you inclosed to me for General Lee. It was always my intention to inform you of the President’s final act on the treaty. This being now taken by an assurance in writing to Mr. Hammond that it would be immediately ratified; and the necessary forms being on the point of completion, little need be added on that head. But...
E. Randolph presents his respectful compliments to the President; and forgot to inform him, that the balance of the money, left by Mr Dandridge has been returned to his credit in the bank; and has been and is ready to the draught of the President or him—The sum left was 350 dollars—Paid to Mr Kit 105—Balance two hundred and forty five dollars. AL , DLC:GW . On this date, Randolph informed the...
Neither the mail of Saturday or yesterday is arrived from the Southward. So that I have no letter from Mount Vernon before me. Our consul at Bristol confirms the existence of the British order for seizing provisions, destined to France, by a letter on the 17th of June last; and many of our vessels have fallen victims to it. Very little is said here about the treaty; and I should not be...
The mail, which was expected on Saturday morning, did not arive until sunday. at least the letters were not delivered before ten o’clock on sunday morning. But no letter came from Mount Vernon. A Mr Lowndes of South Carolina was charged with the enclosed letter, containing the proceedings of the town-meeting at charleston. He gave it to me on saturday last At two o’clock P.M. I requested Mr...
Private. The only letter, which I had the honor of receiving from you by the mail of yesterday, was one written on monday the 27th instant late in the evening. I mention this circumstance, solely because the first paragraph of it renders it possible, that some other had been sent to the Post-office for the same mail. Mr Woolcott, Colo. Pickering and myself agree in the draft of an answer, now...
As soon as I had the honor of receiving your letter of the 24th instant, I conferred with the secretaries of the treasury and of war upon the necessity or expediency of your return hither at this time. We all concurred, that neither the one nor the other existed: and that the circumstance would confer upon the things, which have been, and are still, carried on, an importance, which it would...
Saturday evening was appointed for the last meeting on the treaty in the state-house yard; and five o’clock was the hour. I waited in town until After six, in hopes of hearing the result. But nothing having transpired, I went into the country, where the rumors of the proceeding were very various and extraordinary. I returned last evening, when I found a letter from Mr Hammond, complaining...
I have the honor of inclosing to you a draft, which has been signed by the three other gentlemen. They had prepared drafts, which did not accord with my views, and therefore I was not deterred by any danger of giving offence from offering, that which they have subscribed. I think it best, however to send to you all the drafts; for it is a very difficult and critical subject to write upon....
You will see in Bache’s paper of this morning names upon the committee for preparing the address to you, of a very respectable kind. Whether they were present at the meeting, and whether they will act, I cannot yet learn. Mr McKean is understood, however, to be acrimonious against the treaty beyond measure. I hinted in a past letter, that there was something mysterious in one part of the...
After a very mature consideration, we are unanimously of opinion, that an answer be returned to the papers, inclosed in the letter, which you honored me with from Baltimore on the 18th instant. At first, the sentiments contained in the sketch (No. 1.) seemed to prevail wi⟨th⟩ a majority. But the prospect of more and more popular meetings has converted us all to the idea, that an answer may be...
I am much obliged to you for your explanatory letter to myself, and your permission for my inspection of the two addressed to your Southern correspondent . I had intended to drop you a few lines upon the depending subject. But hearing that you are to be at the Supreme court of the U.S; and not being able to say to you much sooner than the first day of their session, what I wish; it will be...
I do myself the honor of transmitting to you translations of the letters from Mr Jaudenes and Mr Adet; a letter from Colo. Hamilton, opened by his desire, as the note, covering it, will shew; and a proclamation, dated on the 10th instant, being the day, when the amnesty of the insurgents was to commence. I retained Colo. Monroe’s letter, now also inclosed, with a view to examine it a little...