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I have rec d your Favours of the 8. &. 10, and although I am Sorry you did not find every Thing to your Satisfaction in America, I congratulate You on your Safe Arrival in Europe and wish you Success in your Views. If by giving a proper Consistency to our Confederation you mean, the making of Congress Souvereign and Supream in the Negotiation of Treaties of Commerce, and in Regulating the...
In your favour of Oct r. 29, You inform me that The Marquis has observed in Germany, that the Lies which are Spread to our disadvantage, must be injurious to our national honour, if We neglect to contradict them.— When I came first to Europe now approaching to Eight Years ago, my Indignation was roused, at the Shameless Falshoods which were continually propagated, and I took a great deal of...
I have found in the Remembrancer of the Year 1775, page 309, that a Petition was presented to his Majesty on Wednesday the 11 th. of September, from the City of Bristol by M r Burke, one of the Representatives of that City, in which are the following Words. “We owe a Testimony of Justice to your Colonies, which is, that in the midst of the present distractions, We have received many...
It is impossible for me to assist you in your Refutation of the Abbe Raynal.— My time is all taken up, and there is not enough of it.— The Quakers changed the Names of Days and Months, first day second day &c first Month, Second Month &c—but the other New England People never did that I know any Thing of.— if they did you will find it in Hutchinson, as well as what relates to the 2250 Livres...
The insinuation of the Abby Raynal, mentioned in your Letter of the 17 th. —that “the Savages were to be dispossessed of Lands, which they would not cultivate,” is injurious. The first Settlers of New England, as well as of the other Parts of America, were Scrupulous to purchase the Title of the Indians, wherever they planted. In a Course of many Years practice in the Courts of Law, I have had...
In your favour of Oct r. 29, you inform me that The Marquis has observed in Germany, that the Lies which are Spread to our disadvantage, must be injurious to our national honour, if We neglect to contradict them.— —When I came first to Europe, now approaching to Eight years ago, my Indignation was roused, at the Shame less Falshoods which were continually propagated, and I took a great deal of...
I have found in the Remembrancer of the Year 1775, page 309, that a Petition was presented to his Majesty on Wednesday the 11 th. of September, from the City of Bristol by M r Burke, one of the Representatives of that City, in which are the following Words. “We owe a Testimony of Justice to your Colonies, which is, that in the midst of the present distractions, We have received many...
It is impossible for me to assist you in your Refutation of the Abbe Raynal.—My time is all taken up, and there is not enough of it.— —The Quakers changed the Names of Days and Months, first day second day &c first Month, Second Month &c—but the other New England People never did that I know any Thing of.—if they did you will find it in Hutchinson, as well as what relates to the 2250 Livres...
The insinuation of the Abby Raynal, mentioned in your Letter of the 17 th that “the Savages were to be dispossessed of Lands which they would not cultivate” is injurious. The first settlers of New England, as well as of the other parts of America were scrupulous to purchase the title of the Indians, wherever they planted—In a course of many years practice in the Courts of Law I have had a...
Your favour of Feb. 24. I recd., but this moment.—The Mass. Law in question obliged Masters of Vessels, before they landed a Passenger to give Bonds, to maintain him in Case he came to want. it was intended to indemnify Parishes, or rather Towns, against the Maintenance of Paupers.—This law turned the tide of emigration from Ireland to Philadelphia.—it was early in this Century I believe, but...
Your favour of the 24. May is before me. To preserve defend the Seperation of the Legislative Executive and Judicial Powers, from each other, and the Division of the Legislature into three Branches, will be the Burthen of my Song , from the attacks of County Committees, riotous assemblies, and uninformed Philosophers and Statesmen, will be the Burthen of my Song and I am very glad to find that...
Letter not found. 5 November 1787. Acknowledged in Mazzei to JM, 21 Dec. 1787 . Reports on the Dohrman affair and comments on Mazzei’s book.
Letter not found. 8 December 1787. Acknowledged in Mazzei to JM, 4 Feb. 1788 . Encourages Mazzei’s hopes for some immediate remittance in his complicated financial dealings with Dohrman.
Letter not found. 20 December 1787. Acknowledged in Mazzei to JM, 4 Feb. 1788 . Leads Mazzei to conclude that he has no hope of relief in the Dohrman business until a federal government is established in America.
I have been favored with several letters from you since the date of my last; but some of them having been recd. in Virginia I am not able now to acknowledge all of them by their respective dates. The date of the last was in May. You ask me why I agreed to the Constitution proposed by the Convention at Philada.? I answer, because I thought it safe to the liberties of the people, and the best...
Since my last Mr. Dorhman has given me further hopes that his measures in hand would place soon a relief for you in the hands of Mr. Jefferson or some friend in Paris, and that he should ere long be in condition to acquit himself of his debt to you which he always acknowledges to involve gratitude along with justice. He has at my request concurred in an instrument which pledges his western...
[ Annapolis, 11 Dec. 1783 . Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. Account of my transactions for him—how my own time filled up in his absence.” Not found.]
[ Annapolis, 28 Apr. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. My proceedings in his affairs—adjournment Congr.—will bear testimony if he can fix particular point—correspond.—communicated de Rieux’s arrival at Chas. T. and letter to me.” Not found. Derieux’s letter is that of 22 Feb. 1784, q.v.]
[ Annapolis, 8 May 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. Valedict.” Not found.]
[ Boston, 1 July 1784 . Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. That Bowdoin’s conversion of a sterlg. into currency debt was illegal—that Jefferson’s bond for £146–4–6 and Gillespy’s & Henderson’s for £100 having been so long kept by Bowdoin would be considered as a money paiment—that the former was my brother’s affair—referred to N. Lewis and Key for papers and Garth for information.” Not found.]
[ Paris, 12 May 1785 . Entry in SJL reads: “P. Mazzei. Receipt of his of Dec. 1. Peace. Likely to form rational connection with Tuscany, but barren unless Tuscans carry on in own bottoms. Barbary states. Query if ask peace with sword or money. Ill health. Begin now to go out. My appointment. Send for Polly next spring. Patsy well. Mr. Short also, and at St. Germ.’s. Mr. Ad. goes to Lond. His...
You desire me to give you an idea of the Origin and Object of our court of Chancery, the Limits of it’s jurisdiction, and it’s Tendency to render property and liberty more or less secure in a country where that security is infinitely valued. The purpose for which you require this obliges me to be concise, as indeed does my situation here, where, as you know, I am without books which might...
[Paris, 10 Jan. 1786. Noted in SJL as written this date, “inclosing letters and mge [mortgage?].” Not found.]
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I have had the pleasure of finding your friend Soria alive and one of the most considerable merchants here. I delivered him your letter and he has shewn me all the attentions which the state of his mind would permit. A few days before my arrival his only son had eloped with jewels and money to the value of 40,000 livres, and I believe is not yet heard of. He speaks of you with friendship, and...
I found at Aix your favor of the 17th. April, on my return thither the 3d. inst. I now inclose the order you desire. I think I cannot be at Paris before the 15th. of June but shall make a point to be there at that time on account of the approaching Packet. I have made a little tour from Nice across the Alps at the Col de Tende, to Turin, thence thro’ the rice country of the Vercellese,...
‘Si trova [Amerigo Vespucci] parimente dipinto nella real Galleria, tra’ quadri del primo Corridore, e similmente nella Volta XXI. della medesima, tragli uomeni illustri in arme.’ Vita di Amerigo Vespucci. dal Bandini pa. lxviii . Nella ‘tavola de’ ritratti del Museo dell’ illustriss. e eccellentiss. Sig. Cosimo Duca di Firenza e Siena’ al fine del libro Delle vita da’ pittori di Giorgio...