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[ Annapolis, 19 May 1784 . Noted in SJL as received 24 May 1784, “inclosing introductory letters.” Letter and enclosures not found.]
By the last Post I received from the president of the Senate of Massachusetts a Letter, inclosing the papers herewith transmitted, & requesting me to write to your Excellency on the Subject. As I have no other Knowledge of the Matter, than what is derived from Colo. Gridley’s Letter & the Resolve accompanying it, I can only say, that when your Excellency is at Leisure, if You think it...
Since I had the Pleasure of addressing You, nothing of Importance has occurred in the Concerns of our Friend excepting a Letter from Mr. Jay, wherein he with great Candour and good Sense has endeavoured to do Justice to Mr. Adams’ Character, and recommended him as the most suitable person to represent the united States at the Court of London; declaring at the same Time in the most positive...
I find on inquiring that you are elected Vice-president, having three or four times the number of votes of any other candidate. Maryland threw away their votes on Colo Harrison & South Carolina on Governor Rutledge, being with some other states which were not unaminous for you, apprehensive that this was a necessary step to prevent your election to the chair—in this point they were mistaken,...
We have the honor of addressing this by our worthy friend, the honorable Mr. Sayre, who was formerly Sheriff of London. The active part, which at the commencement of the revolution, he took in favor of America, is, we presume, too well known to you, to require a relation: and the loss he sustained, in consequence of his opposition to the british ministry, is not less a matter of general...
I have received your letter requesting “any explanation which may serve to throw further light on the subject” of the Baron de Steuben’s claims, & inclosing an extract of a report lately made thereon. In answer thereto, I must observe, that the distance of the period at which the Baron arrived at York Town is such, as to make it difficult if not impossible for a person to be very particular or...
The proceedings of the Convention being this day published, I embrace the Oppertunity of tranmitting them by a Vessel which is to sail this morning for London. There were only three dissentients Governor Randolph & Colo Mason from Virginia & your friend who now addresses you, from Massachusetts. The objections you will easily conceive without their being enumerated: & they will probably be...
I have but one of your Favours unanswered, which was duly delivered by M r Wingrove, a very intelligent & worthy Character. I wish it was in the, power of Congress to comply with his Wishes, but general Regulations will not admit thereof. I am discontinued agreably to the Confederation from my Seat in the Councils of America, & will You beleive it? I have commenced private Life, By an alliance...
I intended by this Conveyance to have sent You a History of the Times, but by various Engagements I am prevented from fulfilling my Wishes—Will You be so obliging as to send by one of your Domestics, the Letter to M r Quin, & the other to the India House?—two such Enterprizes in one Year as to marry a Wife & purchase a Farm will I hope apologize a little While longer for my Delay in writing to...
I embrace the Oppertunity by Mr. Guild, of informing You, that Mr. Adams was well the 27th. of July, and that by a Letter to the Minister of France of the 29th, the Dutch Negotiation with the British was finished, by which one great Obstacle to the definitive Treaty is removed. Inclosed is an Extract of an official Letter from Doctor F—to Mr. Livingston Secretary of foreign affairs dated July...