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The object of my writing at this moment is to comply with a Suggestion made, through Mr: Breck, by a great number of the most respectable and influential Merchants of this place, who have taken the alarm respecting the conditional ratification of the Convention with France, and who are now extremely anxious, that another reconsideration of it on the part of the Senate should, if possible be...
We have been rejoycing with exceeding joy at the news of the result at Washington—Now we hope the Gentleman will do Something. I got your letter of Monday & at the same time was informed that the choice was finally made. Our former suspence was so uncomfortable, that any thing would have been considered a relief—It comforts me that New-England would not yield, but the rest have done better...
I received your favor of the 13th: this morning, informing of the departure of my mother, and at the same time I had a letter from her dated at Baltimore the 14th:—She is accompanied by Lieutt: Parker, and expected to be here to night. This moment, Richard called at my Office and announced the Carriage approaching, having left it about 5 miles on the other side of Gray’s ferry, so that I may...
Your favors of the 10th: & 11th: inst: are received. We have heard of the proceedings in the Representative chamber as far as the 22d: ballot, and we have admired that firmness, which puts the issue of the choice upon strength of nerves, rather than numbers. I have but little expectation, that the thing will go through, as it began—Some body will go over to the majority, but it is not easy to...
I have your favors of the 4th: & 5th: currt with pamphlets and papers &ca: which are valuable to me. I regret that I have not yet been able to procure the pamphlets relative to the 6th: article of the B. J. I spoke to Mr: Evans on the subject and was told that he could not furnish more than two or three—Mr: Read has no more & William M. Smith wont part with the case of Andi Allen, which he had...
I have your letters of 30th: ult & 3d currt: for which I thank you—The letter, which has so copiously extracted your indignation, not without good cause, did not provoke me, however, in the same degree. I do not see for my part, what other notions of Government, Mr: Jefferson could be expected to entertain—It was because he was known to think in the style of this letter, that the people have...
Your favors of the 24th: and 27th: ulto: are duly received. It seems not to be understood here, whether the proceedings; in Senate; relative to the Convention, are conclusive, as to the fate of that instrument, or whether, under any pretext, the discussion can be revived upon it. I am, myself, unable to Solve the question, though I have some idea, that the rejection of the particular,...
I have your favor of the 25th: ulto: with the paper enclosed; the contents of which amused me much—If you leave the City on Tuesday, my answer will not reach you; but I suppose it will be sent after you. There is Mrs. White’s lodging house in 8th: Street, which is more private than the Hotel, and where I presume you can be accommodated at short notice. It will be preferable to Francis’s, at...
Yours of the 25th: is just recd: and with it a number of pamphlets & a letter from my Mother—All shall be attended to in course—I have so much other occupation, that writing to the whole family is something of a tax upon my time—Yet I write to & receive letters from Washington, with more satisfaction than from any other quarter save one— Your remarks upon the unseemly political speculation,...
I received the letter you enclosed me from my father on the 25th: instt: with a few names of members & others, for Dennie—I have sent you three or four setts already of the P— F— to be distributed and now enclose you another—The opinion, here is pretty general, that the journal of the Silesian tour is, by far, the most interesting of all the Contents—Indeed, whatever comes from the pen of that...
Lieutt: Parker of the Navy has kindly offered to take charge of a packet for you, and will renew his acquaintance with you, when he delivers it—Your attention to him while he is in your borders will be grateful to / Your friend MHi : Miscellaneous Papers.
I thank you for your letter of the 23d: which came to hand this forenoon, & informed me of the rejection of the Convention—I suppose the Senate, since they have begun to shew their teeth, will continue to be surly, but I do not think they will negative the appointment of Genl: Marshall, as Ch: Justice—It is thought by some people I know, that Mr: Patterson was the most prominent character for...
When I said, that I did not disagree with Manlius, in attributing the downfall of the federal cause, to the Mission to France, my meaning was, not, that the loss of the late election, was to be viewed, as the consequence of that Mission, for I believe with you Sir, that independent of that measure, the federal Candidate would have been almost universally deserted. But I meant to assert as my...
I have acknowledged the Rect of the money you Sent me from T Johnson and likewise the two orders upon the Bank of the U.S. and enclosed two receipts from Dickins for your’s & the President’s subscription. My letter could not have reached you, so early as the date of your last (the 17th: instt:) The exertions you have made for the diffusion of Dennie’s paper are gratefully acknowledged by...
I have received your favor of the 15th: instt: with a curious statement respecting treaties, which I shall preserve. I knew very well you would not like Manlius, as indeed there are not many who do—but the young man, who wrote under that signature has few readers & no opposers, so that his vanity receives very little adulation from public notice. He is a Sensible, and worthy youth, for whom I...
I have your favor of the 15th: instt. and am pleased to find in it an interpretation of the 6th: Article of the Convention with France, which had escaped my reflection—Viewing it as a provision only to operate after the expiration of our treaty with G Britain, it may be both natural & proper, but as the time when it was to operate was not specified, many others, like myself have supposed it to...
Mr: Israel Wheelen the United States Purveyor, setts out for the City tomorrow—I shall charge him, if I can obtain the packet of pamphlets from Dickins, with the number which he can carry without incumbrance. You will invite him to our house and visit his Daughter Jane—if you can— I have received the two orders upon the Bank of the U.S. which you sent me. The P-folio has taken wind at...
Since the date of my last, I have received your whole series to Number 17. inclusive, with the single exception of No 15, which yet loiters on the way; but the order in which they have come to hand has been variable as the wind. It may possibly create some surprize, that, without consulting you, I should have taken the liberty to bestow upon our Countrymen, through the channel of a correct and...
Your favors of the 8th: & 9th: instt: with sundry enclosures & pamphlets came to hand this day; and I beg you to accept my best thanks for the prompt and correct manner in which you discharged my Commission. I have now to request another favor of a Similar nature, which is to procure the transfer, at the Register Office, of the enclosed Certificates, six in number, and amounting to $5400. I...
I have received your letters of the 2d: & 3d: instant and thank you for them—I shall agree with Fielding for the Coachee and attend to the conveniences you mention. I can suggest no method for your coming to this place, unless by taking a carriage from Washington, which might be sent back by Stage horses. Barney, of Georgetown, would most probably contract with you for one—. I am so fortunate...
I have searched, in conformity to the request expressed in your favor of the 2d: instt: all the writers upon the law of Nature and Nations, which I have in my Office, for authorities to support & justify & explain, the Sixth article of the Convention with France. The extracts from Vallet in your letter are somewhat more explicit on the particular point in question, than his masters, Puffendorf...
I enclosed you by the Mail of this day yesterday a Substitute power of Attorney to receive the interest upon the Stock Standing in the name of J. Q. Adams—I now send you a power to receive the interest due upon One thousand dollars Standing in my own name. You can transmit me the amount by a Post note which Mr: Dalton I suppose, if applied to will furnish. I am not confident whether he is the...
I now enclose you the Substitute power of Attorney to receive at the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, all the interest due upon the Stock standing in the name of J Q Adams and my own name; but having forgotten till now that any of the Stock belonging to my Brother was in my name, you need not apply for that until I send you my power, which shall be done tomorrow. The long expected...
By tomorrows Mail I shall send you a power of Atty to receive the interest due upon the Stock standing in my name in the Books of the Treasury and also a Substitute power to receive what is due to J Q Adams—I was uninformed of the necessity of applying before the removal of Govt: to have the Stock transferred— I send you a new-year treat, from Tom the Tinker—one of the Severest things I have...
Your kind letter of the 25th: instt: came by this day’s Mail. I have found a Coachee ready made, at Fielding’s for Sale, which, with the alterations that can with ease & despatch be made, will, I think, answer your purpose exactly. The body of the Coachee is Somewhat Shorter & more in the form of a Coach, than that you have, but it is well put together & the wheels & carriage appear to be very...
I have received your affectionate & confidential favors of the 17th: and 23d: instt: and have conferred with Mr: Ingersoll on the subject of their contents; so far as they concerned himself. He observed, that his communication with me, on the Subject of his resignation of the office he now holds under government, was intended merely to afford an opportunity for filling the vacancy, which would...
I send you a pamphlet for Yourself & one for the Secretary of State which you’ll please to present with my best Compliments— I have never read a more authentic history of the American Revolution than this little work contains—Strange that a foreigner at 4000 miles distance should understand so much better than 99 hundredths of Americans themselves, the principles on which they contended for...
I have for several days been struggling hard against a violent cold, which has at length overcome me So far as to confine me to my chamber all this day—Dr Rush recommended a gentle bleeding, to which I have Submitted and found relief from it. I hope to be out again tomorrow— Several of your enclosures are yet unacknowledged—the Gazettes I got yesterday & the Treaty to day. I do not like the...
I have given an introductory letter for yourself and one for my father, to a young man by the name of Charles D. Coxe; he will probably be at the federal City towards the last of this week. From himself I understand he intends making application for the Consulship at the Isle of France, and his reason for applying during the present administration he avers to be, because he is a federalist & a...
Our Supreme Court being in session, has occupied my time so much as to prevent answering your favors of the 10th: & 13th: inst: I have seen Mrs. Kirkham since I got your letter, and given her the fresh order; she will prepare the articles and I shall send them as soon as I can. I have applied to two Coachmakers to ascertain what you desired; neither of them have any ready made coaches on hand,...
Mr: Charles D Coxe, the bearer, is going to the seat of Government to make interest for a Consular appointment. I beg leave to introduce him to you, and to ask your civilities towards him—He is at present a fellow lodger with me, and though a brother-in-law & Cousin of Mr: T— Coxe, he wishes me to assure you, that he bears no resemblance to him, but in name . I think I can do this with safety,...
The letter from Genl: Pinckney to Genl: Marshall apprising him of the probable result of the South Carolina election; seems to be considered here as deciding the great political contest; which has excited So much interest, throughout the Continent, for some months past. The issue is like to be different from that which the federalists have; of late allowed themselves to anticipate, and their...
I received your’s of the 10th: yesterday & am obliged to you for giving me so early information on the subject of the South Carolina election. I had the satisfaction of imparting it to many of my acquaintance, who looked very blue for the most part, though Some were much overjoyed. Our Sheriff Israel, was the first person who acquainted me with the letter from Genl Pinckney to Mr: Marshall,...
I thank you for your favor of the 3d: instt and the newspapers enclosed. I will endeavor to comply with your request, that I communicate with you more frequently, but I will be free to confess to you, that every year of my life, I grow more Selfish and less disposed to write letters, merely of friendship. You will experience the Same thing in a few years, & I believe you assigned the true...
Since the date of my last I have received several numbers in continuation of the series, which you have been kind enough to address me, giving so ample & instructive details of your excursion to Silesia. The last number which came to hand was No 1. and I had a few days before received No 14, which is the highest; but three intermediate numbers, viz. Nos 7, 11 & 12 are yet wanting to complete...
Please to deliver the enclosed letters to my Mother with my best thanks, and request her to send me the letter I left with her. I will endeavor to send you the series, ere long. I enclose you a receipt for the shoes I bought for Mrs: Johnson, which you will have the goodness to deliver to Mr: T Johnson who asked me for it when I was at Washington. If he chuse, he may pay it to you on my...
The morning after you left this place, the Aurora was filled with five columns & an half, from T. Coxe; wherein he undertakes to detail another private conversation, which passed between him and Mr. Dennie, during his last visit to the City, & while he lodged in the same house with Dennie & myself. It is hardly necessary to observe, that this, like all other details from the Same Source, is...
Since my letter to you of the 29th: September, covering a Draught to the Order of Messrs: William & John Wister Junr: Merchants of this place, for Five hundred pounds Sterling, which you were desired to place to the account of my Brother, John Q Adams; I have received a letter from him, dated at Berlin the 15th: of July, which instructs me that he had remitted to you in London, a further sum...
I have received your favors of the 10th: & 12th: instt: and am highly gratified by their contents; excepting the bill of health, which is less cheering than I could wish it might have been. I have been so occupied with attendance upon Courts and writing to my correspondents in Europe, during the last ten days, that I have not found time to write you; & the expectation of William’s departure...
After I had closed my letter of yesterday and delivered it at the Coffee house, I received your favor of the 31st: August, accompanied by one from my Brother of the 1st:; both of which came by the Voltaire. I have already acknowledged the receipt of several letters from my brother, which have been forwarded by you; among which were doubtless those, which he was so anxious should reach me;...
Since my last to you I have received none of your favors; but a fair opportunity presenting, I shall address you a few lines rather for the sake of preserving the habit of writing by every opportunity, than for any thing interesting to communicate. Our annual election was held in this State two days ago; Members of Congress were to be chosen, as well as for the State Legislature. The...
Since the date of my last letter, I have received your several favors the 10th: June Dup: 15th: July Dup: 10th: & 16th: July, with enclosures for some of your Louisa’s family; the last of which to her brother, was accompanied by a few lines from herself to me; for which I thank her. The enclosures have all been forwarded, but I have not heard directly from her friends for many weeks— I presume...
I now enclose you my Brother’s letter of July the 10th: which I promised to transmit by this day’s Mail; but being anxious to see a considerable portion of it in print, & solicited by Mr. Dennie to furnish him a copy for the Gazette of the U.S. of Monday next, I could not complete the copy in time for sending, so that I am apprehensive you will not receive it until after the President’s...
I have your favor of the 26th: ulto: with an enclosure; with what I paid for the Servant’s trunk & the casks of wine, the account is just balanced. I have not been called on for any more charges & imagine none are due—The wine I suppose to be a present from Our Consul Mr: Willis. I am extremely grieved at the disaster, which has befallen my Cousin Boylston, & which, according to your...
I enclose a letter from my brother, received a day or two ago—You will be gratified by the perusal of its contents. In Wayne’s paper of last night, herewith enclosed, you will find a letter from Mr: Thomas Pinckney on the subject of the letter published in the Aurora, by Tench Coxe, signed John Adams: Mr: P—— is not intemperate in his remarks, but he promises to investigate. If he intend s...
Since my last to you, I have none of your favors, although I have within a week past received three letters from my Brother with your mark upon them. The last of these came to hand this day & was written while my brother was upon his journey to Silesia. The details of his travels are very interesting. The most remarkable domestic occurrence, since the date of my last, is the discovery of a...
By a Letter from my Brother, J Q Adams, dated at Berlin the 10th: of June, I am informed that he had remitted to you in London, the Sum of Five hundred pounds Sterl: which you were advised to pay against my draught— I have according to my instructions, this day drawn for the above amount in your hands, in two Setts of Exchange, one Sett for Three hundred & one for Two hundred pounds Sterling,...
Here you have some more of the genuine . “The Constitutionalist” is your Hble Servt Thomas Cooper Esqr: late of Manchester GB. now of Philadelphia Jail—A most potent & zealous advocate for the federal Constitution in opposition to “Mr: Adams’s” Defence & the Discourses on Davila. He has attained No. 6 in the paper of this morning, but it would swell my packet too much to send it, as nothing...
I inclose you the Aurora of this morning which is pretty rich in contents. For some time past it has been too flat & insipid to compensate the trouble of sending it to you. I observe that the pieces under the signature of Decius are ascribed to H. G Otis—I have read but a few of the numbers, but I have no doubt the Author is clearly and rightly designated. The story he tells in his No 15 of...
I have received your favors of the 6th & 10th: instts:—The little Schism which took place among the federal people at their late meetings, & which was detailed in one of my late letters, has terminated to general Satisfaction & from the turn it has taken will probably very much promote a union of interest & exertion. Every measure, which was pursued to modify the proceedings of the majority at...