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1March [1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Mercury at 24. Wind Westerly and cold all day. 2. Wind as yesterday; cloudy, cold & Raw all day. Towards night it began to Snow. Mercury at 26. 3. Mercury at 34. Morning very lowering & threatning but clear & pleasant afterwards. Wind fresh from the So. Wt. 4. Much such a day as yesterday in all respects. Mercury at 41. 5. Not unlike the two preceding days. M. at 50. 6. The wind Shifted to...
2[Diary entry: 3 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
3. Mercury at 34. Morning very lowering & threatning but clear & pleasant afterwards. Wind fresh from the So. Wt.
Three things relative to the City of Washington call for my decision, and this is the last day I have Powers to give any. The first respects the dispute with Mr Law, touching the conveyances of Lotts; the second, to my approbation of the Plans for the Executive Offices; and the third, to the Instrument you transmitted to me in your letter of the 31st of January. With regard to the first,...
Not to acknowledge with gratitude & sensibility the affectionate addresses and benevolent wishes of my fellow Citizens on my retiring from public life, would prove that I have been unworthy of the Confidence which they have been pleased to repose in me. And, among these public testimonies of attachment and approbation, none can be more grateful than that of so respectable a body as your’s....
At the conclusion of my public employments, I have thought it expedient to notice the publication of certain forged letters which first appeared in the year 1777, and were obtruded upon the public as mine. They are said by the editor to have been found in a small portmanteau that I had left in the care of my Mulatto servant named Billy, who, it is pretended, was taken prisioner at Fort Lee, in...
I received your letter dated the 1st of September last, inquiring for the fortune of your deceased Brother, Baron Steuben. A former application from some relation of the Baron led me to inquire how he disposed of his estate, and I found that the payment of debts and claims would absorb the greater part, and that the residue was given to some particular friends to whom he was attached, and who...
Before the curtain drops on my political life, which it will do this evening—I expect for ever—I shall acknowledge, although it be in a few hasty lines only; the receipt of your kind & affectionate letter of the 23d of January last. When I add, that according to custom, all the Acts of the Session, except two or three very unimportant Bills, have been presented to me within the last four days,...
I nominate Anthony Walton White of New Jersey to be Surveyor for the agred Port of New Brunswick and Inspector of the Revenue for the same. DNA .
9[Diary entry: 2 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
2. Wind as yesterday; cloudy, cold & Raw all day. Towards night it began to Snow. Mercury at 26.
To maintain the friendship and harmony so happily subsisting between our Republics, I have appointed William Vans Murray, one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister Resident of the United States of America, near you. From my confidence in virtues and talents I assure myself that he will embrace every occasion to fulfil those very interesting objects of his mission. I beseech you,...
You are hereby requested to convey all the streets in the City of Washington as they are laid out and delineated in the plan of the said City hereto annexed; and also the several squares, parcels and Lots of ground following to wit. First—The public appropriation beginning at the intersection of the South side of North H street and at the west side of a street of ninety feet in width drawn...
Amongst the last Aacts of my political life, and before I go hence into retirement, profound , will be the acknowledgment of your kind and affectionate letter from Boston—dated the 15th of January. From the friendship I have always borne you—and from the interest I have ever taken in whatever relates to your prosperity & happiness, I participated in the sorrows which I knoew you must have felt...
In answer to your enquiry Concerning the Land I Sold to you, last year, I can inform you from my own Knowledge. It is part of the great dismal Swamp, about Miles from Norfolk Convenient to the Canal now Cutting, its soil extremely rich Covered with Cypress & Juniper, the under growth Cane &c. I am sir Yrs &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
To this public testimony of your approbation of my conduct & affection for my person, I am not insensible; and your prayers for my present and future happiness, merit my warmest acknowledgments. It is with peculiar satisfaction I can say, that, prompted by a high sense of duty in my attendance on public worship, I have been gratified, during my residence among you, by the liberal and...
I nominate Joel Barlow of the State of Connecticut, to be Consul-General of the United States of America, for the City & Kingdom of Algiers. John Gavino to be Consul of the United States of America for the port of Gibraltar, in the room of James Simpson appointed Consul for Morocco. Frederick Folger of Maryland, to be Consul of the United States of America for the port & district of Aux-Cayes,...
Application having been made to me, to permit a treaty to be held with the Seneka Nation of Indians, to effect the purchase of a parcel of their land under a preemption right derived from the State of Massachusetts and situated within the State of New York, and it appearing to me reasonable that such opportunity should be afforded, provided, the negociation shall be conducted at the expence of...
I nominate the following persons for promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States. Dragoons. James V. Ball Lieutenant vice Posey resigned 19 October 1795. Paul McDermot ditto vice Jones do 1 October 1796. Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. William Steele Surgeons Mate vice Rodes deceased. Infantry. Daniel Bradley Major in the 4th Regiment vice Roberts deceased 19 January...
18[Diary entry: 1 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Mercury at 24. Wind Westerly and cold all day.
The President of the United States to Senator for the State of . It appearing to me proper that the Senate of the United States should be convened on Saturday the fourth day of March instant; You are desired to attend in the Chamber of the Senate on that day at eleven OClock in the forenoon to receive any communications which the President of the United States may then have to lay before You,...
20February [1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Wind No. Easterly in the Morning—So. Westerly afterwards and raining more or less all day. Mercury at 34 in the morning. 2. A good deal of rain fell last [night]. Cloudy Morning but clear & very pleasant afterwards. Wind westerly. Mercury 42. 3. Much such a day as yesterday but rather cooler. Wind same place. Mer. 30. 4. Wind at So. West—weather pleasant. Mercury at 32 in the morning. 5....
Articles in the Green drawing Room which will be sold. cost 1 A Lustre of 8 lights perfect, & in no respect injd by use £ 76 13 0 5 3 Green silk Window Curtains rock flower sattin Drapery &ca 78 0 0 10 2 Brackets & oval Mirrors highly Ornamented
22[Diary entry: 28 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
28. Wind variable and grt. appearances all day of Snow. Mer. 35. Went to Mrs. Grattons concer[t] in the Evening. “M rs. G rattan Respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of the City, that the 5th ladies’ concert will be on tuesday , the 28th day of February, at the Assembly-Room.” The concert was to begin at 6:30, and “at half past eight, the music will attend for the ball.” The program,...
Your favour of the 14th instt with a Postscript of the 24th came to my hands yesterday: and I hereby acknowledge the receipt of Mr Wilkes’s draught on the Cashier of the Bank of Pennsylvania for the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars on account of our joint concern in the lotts in Coxburgh—and which, as appears by the items of an account enclosed overpays my dividend of the receipts...
Let me entreat you to attend early this morning to a fit character as a Comr to attend the proposed Treaty with the Indians, by Mr Morris; and on this head, and on the message proper to accompany the nomination, I wish you would advise with Colo. Pickering; who has had more to do in Indian Affairs than any other Officer now in the Government, and perhaps may more readily think of a proper...
Having maturely considered the Bill to alter and amend an Act intitled an Act to ascertain and fix the military establishment of the United States which was presented to me on the twenty second day of this Month I now return it to the House of Representatives, in which it originated with my objections. First. If the Bill passes into a law the two Companies of light dragoons will be from that...
26[Diary entry: 27 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
27. Wind at So. Et. & lowering but no fall, Mer: 36. Went to the theatre in the Evening. Playing at the New Theatre were a comedy, The Way to Get Married; a farce, Animal Magnetism; and “a new Pantomime Ballet Dance ... called Dermot & Kathleen,” composed by Mrs. Byrne, a member of the theater company ( Gaz. of the U.S. [Philadelphia], 27 Feb. 1797; SCHARF [1] J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson...
Your Letter of the 22d with the weekly reports, was received on the 25th. As its contents, is chiefly matter of information, it requires but little to be said in reply; and as the public business presses upon me at this juncture, and I shall (I hope) be at Mount Vernon ’ere long, I will suspend giving any opinion, or directions relative to the business entrusted to you, in this letter;...
Your favor of the 14th instt came duly to hand; and I hope, as the season is approaching fast when the ground should be prepared for it, that you have informed Mr James Anderson (my Manager) in a letter directed to the care of the Postmaster in Alexandria, at what time he may send for the Peas you were so obliging as to promise me. Having informed Mr Anderson of my expectation of Peas from...
As the curtain is about to close on the political scenes of my life; and consequently to terminate the agency I have had in the affairs of the Federal City; I will, as far as a very hurried situation will permit, take notice of such parts of your several letters as remain undecided on. Having already informed you, that a Bill is pending in Congress for incorporating the Commissioners of the...
Your letter of the 22d inst., as also one of the first, have been duly received. The affectionate sentiments contained in them, are highly pleasing to me. But that which affords a still higher gratification, is to hear that you are not only attentive to your studies, but pleased with them also. Hence, I draw the most agreeable presages, that you will reward my cares & anxieties to see you a...
I have the pleasure to inform you are Appointed with the Advice of the Senate of the United States Collector of the Customs for the District of Delaware. I have Selected you from a Convict i on that you will fill the Important Office with Honour to yourself and Advantage to your Country. And Sincerely wish you may find it your Intrest to Abandon your Other pursuites for the Support of your...
I have recd your affectionate Address with that pleasure & satisfaction wch has always accompanied the expression of approbation of my conduct in public life, by my fellow Citizens. For your kind wishes offered for my welfare & happiness, receive my most grateful acknowledgements; & I pray you to be assured that I feel a deep interest in the happiness & prosperity of those, among whom I have...
Your approbation of my public Conduct & wishes for my future happiness have excited in my mind emotions of pleasure and Gratitude. Should my example in public or private life, or any sentiments which I have imparted, tend to the happiness or prosperity of my fellow-Citizens, I shall feel amply rewarded for the time which I have devoted to their service. As it has ever been the first wish of my...
I nominate William Vans Murray of Maryland to be Minister Resident of the United States of America to the United Netherlands. Allan McLean of Delaware, to be Collector for the District of Delaware and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Wilmington. John Gibbons of Georgia, to be Surveyor for the Port of Savannah and Inspector of the Revenue for the same. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S....
Your letter of the 22d instt was delivered to me yesterday morning by Mr Root, who also delivered the Mares & horse. The latter being too clumsy about the head & legs to suit my Carriage horses, and too high in price for a common plough horse, I return him, since, as you say, no inconvenience will attend it. I must now, as I expect to leave this in ten days, depend upon purchasing a horse or...
36[Diary entry: 26 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
26. Clear & cold all day Wind at No. Wt. & Mercury 19. All the Military & Naval Officer[s] dined with me yesterd. Mercury at 19 degs.
37[Diary entry: 25 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
25. Wind pretty fresh from the No. W. and cool with lowering clouds towards evening—Mercury 32.
The printed notification (enclosed) gives a general description of the lands held by the subscriber on the Rivers Ohio & Kanhawa. For one more in detail, it is presumed the purchaser would choose to rely more on his own investigation, or on the report of an Agent, than on that of the Seller, and therefore it will not be attempted. The price has been rising, and at present is eight dollars pr...
39[Diary entry: 24 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
24. Rain fell last Night & a little this Morng. Cloudy until afternoon Wind Westerly. Mery. 50.
The sentiments expressed in the address you have delivered to me from the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sentiments as honorable to them as to me, have excited the most grateful emotions. Whatever services I have rendered to my country, in its general approbation I have received an ample reward. Having nothing in view but to vindicate its rights,...
41[Diary entry: 23 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
23. Clear & pleasant forenoon. Wind brisk at So. Wt. lowerg. aftds. W. at So. Et. Mer. 36. The last third of the Pennsa. Assembly dined with me.
Believing that there may be times and occasions, on which my opinions of the anonymous letters and their author, as delivered to the army in 1783, may be turned to some personal and malignant purpose. I do hereby declare, that I did not, at the time of writing my address, regard you as the author of the said letters; and farther, that I have since had sufficient reason for believing, that the...
43[Diary entry: 22 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
22. Rain in the Night cloudy forenoon with the Wind at East—afterwards at S. W. clear & very fine. Went in the evening to an elegant entertainmt. given on my birth night. Mery. 38. The “elegant entertainment” took place at Ricketts’s Amphitheatre and was followed by dinner and a ball “which for Splendour, Taste and Elegance, was, perhaps, never excelled by any similar Entertainment in the...
With this you will receive my answer to the Address which you presented to me a few days ago, of a meeting held at Sunbury in Northumber land County. You will be pleased to forward it with my good wishes for the people of Northumber land in the manner you think most proper. I am sir Yr Obedt Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have received with much pleasure the address which you transmitted to me on behalf of a respectable meeting of the citizens of Northumberland County. In retiring from public to private life, my highest gratification will be, to carry with me testimonies of the approbation of my conduct by my fellow citizens; & the unequivocal manner in which you have manifested this approbation, deserves my...
Your congratulations, & the expression of your attachment & approbation of my public services, are received with gratitude & reciprocated with sincerity. Endeared to me by every consideration of public & private worth, I shall carry into that retirement, which you are pleased to mention in terms so flattering, an invariable affection & esteem towards the faithful comrades of my military...
I receive, as I ought, with great sensibility, the congratulations on this day of so respectable a body as the officers of the Militia of the City & County of Philada. Your favorable sentiments of my exertions to promote the prosperity and happiness of our Country, cannot but be pleasing to me; for be assured the approving voice of my Country men is the most grateful reward which can be...
48[Diary entry: 21 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
21. Wind westerly & remarkably pleasant in the forenoon—but lowering afterwards. Mery. at 30.
I thank you for giving me the perusal of the enclosed.—The sentiments do honor to the head & heart of the writer;—and if my wishes would be of any avail, they shd. go to you in a strong hope that you will not withhold merited promotion from Mr. Jno. Adams because he is your son.—For with out intending to compliment the father or the mother, or to censure any others: I give it as my decided...
50[Diary entry: 20 February 1797] (Washington Papers)
20. Cloudy with a little rain in the forenoon—variable afterwards. Wind So. West. Mercury 39. Another third of the Penna. Reps. dined here.