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Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Doctr. Mitchell, & on behalf of mr Thomas M: Randolph, asks the favor of him to take charge of the inclosed letter. presuming that mr Barker will forward it by the Mentor, I suppose it will be early enough when Doctr. Mitchell returns himself. Privately owned.
Your letters of the 17th. and 24th. are both recieved. Beverly T. Randolph called at the hour at which I had rode out, & left your letter of the 17th. Taking for granted he was to stay a day as you mentioned, I wrote an invitation to him the next morning to come and dine with me. but he had already gone on. he called in like manner on his namesake Beverley here, who being out did not see him....
J. Smith has the honor to state in reply to the President’s note, this moment received, that Mr. Moultrie’s christian name is James, and that his warrant was made out and forwarded to him at Charleston on the 23d. Inst. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Your letter of the 16th: brought me consolation and hope in the information that you were all getting well—My anxiety on account of my mother has been extreme; having heard through Mr: Cranch & Mr: Quincy, that she had been very dangerously ill—I learn also that George is at Mr. Cranch’s I am still waiting for my Cause to be called in Court—It was called again the day before yesterday; but Mr:...
Percieving from your last letter my beloved friend that you suffer great anxiety concerning Charles; I can with pleasure assure you, that he is very fat, very handsome, and apparently very well; though he still has the Cough which is sometimes very troublesome. Your Mother is recovering slowly and all the rest of our family are in good health— Your father was in Town yesterday and brought...
Before this can reach you you will have entered up the duties of the high and important trust of President of the U: S. and I sincerely congratulate you on the event. I regret extremely that you will enter on the duties of your Office at a time so tempestuous and difficult, but Knowing your experience, judgment, moderation and firmness I felicitate our countrymen generally on your elevation to...
This will be handed you by Dick, who takes down Dusty-Miller. On Friday last was handed to me, the enclosed account of a very extraordinary Phenomenon, seen, as you will know, at your Horse-shoe Farm opposite this place: As it offers to the Philosopher and the Astronomer a subject of curious speculation, and as it will find you in the focus (allow me the expression) of knowledge; I do myself...
In reply to your esteemed respects of the 23d., the Cotton seed shall certainly be used agreeably to your directions—Mr Brown tells me there is no charge on it I thank you very kindly for your polite invitation to Monticello, & you may be assured it will add much to my pleasure, & that of my family, to see you there, shd. they or I have occasion to visit your neighbourhood— With sincere...
I enclose for your consideration, the case of the unfortunate Richard Berry, as Stated by Mr Rowan—& which Statement has been confirmed, by letters, I have received from individuals; particularly Rh: M: [Gario] a friend & acquaintance of mine, whose veracity cannot be doubted but which letter has been mislaid, or it Should be enclosed for your perusal—The Statement of this case, as to its...
As the present critical situation of public affairs renders it, I should Conceive, more interesting than ordinary to the government, to be acquainted with the temper and conduct of those public officers of foreign governments who are stationed adjacent to the territories of the U. States; I persuade myself that it will be deemed no intrusion to detail to you what has occurred with relation to...
I take the liberty to send you inclosed a recommendation of Mr. Thomas to the office of Judge in the Illinois Territory My acquaintance with him commenced during the present session. I believe he is qualified & that his appointment would be very popular in that Territory I am very respectfully yours & c DNA : RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.
Colo. Miles Selden informs me he has made Application to fill the vacancy occasion’d by the death of Mr. Page, and has requested me to speak of him to you only as I think he deserves that his pretensions may accompany those which I doubt not before this have been placed in your view. This is a delicate and interesting Subject both to you and me. To you, because in many cases your Appointments...
I take the liberty of submitting to your consideration the enclosed letter. It is from a young Gentleman of the City of New York, of regular mercantile education, of genteel manners, good character, & most respectable connexions. Should any prior arrangement prevent you from complying with his wishes, as they relate to an appointment in your family, I must beg leave to recommend him to you as...
I had the honor in my last private letter to acquaint you with my having shipped on board the Brig Betty of New York Captn. Morehouse, a pipe of Bucellos Wine a pipe of Lisbon & a quarter Cask of Port agreeable to your instructions. This vessel Sailed the early part of March last, was captured off the mouth of the Tagus, sent to England & there condemned vessel & Cargo, with the sole exception...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of Messrs. Collins & Perkins to send him a copy of Smith’s abridgment of John Bell’s Principles of Surgery. if sent by the mail it will reach this place before Th:J. leaves it. he incloses the price announced in a bank bill of this place, the only means of making so small a remittance MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I have received your letter of the 14. May 1808. & with it the favor of two Copies of your valuable treatise on the practise of Agriculture. One of them has according to your request been deposited in the library of Congress, where it’s members will have opportunities of being benefited by your experience; the other, by your permission, will be carried with me into that state of retirement to...
The St. Tamany Society, or Columbian Order of the City of Washington in full council assembled have unanimously agreed to present to you an address on your retiring from Public Life.— As Grand Sachem of that society, I am directed to request the favour of you to say at what time it will be convenient for you to receive the same.—With sentiments of the highest Respect and Esteem, I remain, Sir,...
I have received the favor of your letter of Aug: 17. and with it the Volume you were so kind as to send me on the literature of negroes. be assured that no person living wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a complete refutation of the doubts I have myself entertained and expressed on the grade of understanding allotted to them by nature, and to find that in this respect they are on a par...
This will be handed you by Mr. Coles the bearer of Public dispatches by an Aviso, who has lived with me as my Secretary, being one of my wealthy neighbors. I will say nothing to you on the Situation of our country, because his intimate knowledge of our Affairs, & the unreserved confidence you may repose in him, will enable you to learn from him whatever you desire. he is worthy your friendly...
I received duly your letter of Sep: 11. and with it a copy of your valuable Vocabulaire de marine for which I pray you to receive my particular thanks. I recall with pleasure the transient gratification I had in your company here, and am happy that the short stay you made among us has impressed you favorably for our country. we are a peaceable people, and have sacrificed much to remain at...
I had this day the honor to receive your favr. with the enclosures I had sent you. My services were not tendered from any “fondness” or “familiarity” with scenes of successfull warfare might have inspired me with: But from an Idea perhaps foolishly immagined that I might be servissable at a critical juncture which I have been induced to beleive more from the testimonials I have produced than...
Feb. 25. prest. Secy. State, Treasy. Navy, Atty Genl. What orders shall be given as to English & Spanish ships attempting to pass N. Orleans for Baton rouge? Ans. English ships have been hitherto prohibited, that being the highest port of entry. Spanish ships have been permitted to go up, except when having slaves on board. let things continue so till Congress rises, when their proceedings...
I have duly received your favors of May 29. & July 11. & with this last a copy of your constitution with the new augmentations. Our usages not permitting me to present it formally to the Legislature of the Nation, I have deposited it in their library where all it’s Members will have an opportunity of profiting of it’s truths, and it will be, as you desire, in a depot beyond the reach of...
I now lay before Congress a statement of the militia of the United States, according to the latest returns recieved by the Department of War DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I am Poor and disalute and have no way of main Tain ance I would thank you to give me somthing To help me if you Please I have a young Child To take care of if you well have Compasion on me and help me my Prayrs shall be offerd up to heven for while I live— MHi : Coolidge Collection.
About the period of Mr Gansevoorts nomination to the Office of Brigadier General he mentioned to me the circumstance of his having received a letter from the Secretary at War on that subject & of his having returned an answer declining the appointment. After a lengthy conversation with him and considerable solicitation on my part he was prevailed upon to change his determination provided...
My last to you was of July 16. since which I have received your several favors of May 25. Jun. 12. July 22. 24. & Sep. 2. & as in the last you mention that you had never received mine of May 1. 1808. I inclose you a copy with the expression of my sincere regrets that the Acknolegements of your favors contained in it should have been so long unreceived. Mr. Humboldt’s work is also received & in...
The Emperor of Russia having at different periods indicated sentiments particularly friendly to the U. S. with a wish that a diplomatic intercourse shd. be established between the two Countries; and it being considered that in the relations of Russia to the predominant Powers of Europe must not only give her weight with them according to the vicicitudes of the war, but that her influence in...
I have the honor to enclose to You the Maryland Gazette, in which is contained Resolutions of a Democratic Meeting of the Citizens of Annapolis, expressive of their Sentiments, of the Measures lately adopted by the general Government. The time is but short when You will come into the Presidency of the United States, and may You, when You retire from it, go out with as much applause as when You...
You are entering upon the arduous task of directing the affairs of a great nation at a time portentious of the most astonishing events, and pregnant with the fate of the World! Europe is destined to the sway of one Man! who, aspiring to universal empire, has marked Great Britain for distruction and the nations standing in his way are as grasshoppers before him! He will sweep her commerce and...
[Your favor of the] 20th I recived and shall not set off [until the] arrival of the next maile. I have [made an] experiment in fenceing by diging a [ditch feet] wide and makeing the fence upon the ba[nk whic]h makes a very Good fence And do not take neare as many railes it saves 6 railes out of every pannel (as a fence made with short pieces in your new plan on the bank of the ditch with 7...
Your favour of the 30th ult. enclosing Checks on the bank of virginia in favour of Mr Nelson & My Self for five hundred Dollars each were duly received, & have been honoured at the Bank. Mr Nelson also received by last post fifty Dollars—I am now hanging the Bells & find that we will have to use a Single Crank in each of them owing to the off sett in wall at the bottom of the cellar joist, it...
The pleasure that it gives me to live under a republican, Government is beyond the power of language to express; To commemorate the glorious establishment of republicanism I have been so bold as to have my youngest Son Baptized Thomas Jefferson . Wood to god he may Tread any of the steps that his great and good president Has waked before him—it has ever been my unearing wish To suppress...
In the hurry of the approaching close of a session of Congress and of the preparations for my own departure from this place, I must drop you a line by a public vessel going to France, altho’ it can be but a short one. on politics I will say nothing; that being safest for you as well as myself. for those of our own country I will refer you to mr Coles, the bearer of this, my Secretary, who is...
Some very important news arrived the day before yesterday from England, and Spain, as I wish our Government, to receive the earliest intelligence of what occurs on the other Side of the Atlantic, I have taken the liberty of Sending you three papers of this City, containing the above news.— An Election was held on Monday & Tuesday last, in this City, to fill up two Vacancies that has occured...
I am much indebted fellow Citizens for your very friendly address, and read with great satisfaction the patriotic sentiments it expresses. The measures lately pursued in preference either to War or an ignominious surrender of our rights as an independent people have undoubtedly produced the beneficial effects of saving our property & Seamen, of lengthening the term of our peace & of giving...
The Emperor of Russia having at different periods indicated sentiments particularly friendly to the U.St. with a wish that a diplomatic intercourse shd. be established between the two Countries; and it being considered that in the relations of Russia to the predominant Powers of Europe must not only give her weight with them according to the visicitudes of war, but that her influence in...
I have duly recieved your favor tendering the service of fifty citizens of Tenissee as a company of volunteer riflemen. there are two acts of Congress which regulate the acceptance of these tenders: that of the last year (1808) is for a service of six months, & authorises the Governor to accept; and that of 1807. for a service of twelve months authorising the President to accept, who has...
The approbation which you are pleased to express of my past administration is highly gratifying to me. that in a free Government there should be differences of Opinion as to public measures & the conduct of those who direct them is to be expected: it is much however to be lamented that these differences should be indulged at a crisis which calls for the undivided councils & energies of our...
The eventful crisis in our National Affairs so truly portrayed in your very friendly address, has justly excited your serious attention. the Nations of the earth prostrated at the foot of power, the Ocean submitted to the despotism of a Single Nation, the laws of nature and the usages which have hitherto regulated the intercourse of nations and interposed some restraint between power and...
Thou strange inconsistant man! always at variance with Thyself, at one period advocating the utility of our Work Shops in Europe, at another in our own country, thus exposing thyself to the pity & derision of Thy friends & foes, hitherto thou hath been considered the Agent of Napoleon, now some Think thee under the Influence of George for to this man & his cause thou hath done much good, the...
Mr Randolph has been applied to by the people of the County generally to know if you would have any objection to their meeting you on the road and escorting you to Charlottesville. not only the militia companies but the body of the people. they wish it as the last opportunity they can have of giving you a public testimony of their respect and affection if you will write to him by the return of...
I have duly received your letter covering the resolutions of the Citizens of West Tennessee assembled in the Town of Nashville. every friend of his Country must feel the regret & indignation they so laudably express at the unjust & unprecedented measures adopted by the belligerent Powers of Europe, violating our Maritime rights as a free & independent Nation, & compelling us, for their...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of a consultation with the heads of Depts. tomorrow at 12. Oclock. CtY .
The Emperor of Russia has, on several occasions, indicated sentiments particularly friendly to the United States, and expressed a wish, through different channels, that a diplomatic intercourse should be established between the two countries. his high station, & the relations of Russia to the predominant powers of Europe, must give him weight with them, according to the vicissitudes of the...
I have the honor of returning enclosed, the letter, covered by your note of this date—but cannot discover the one wanted on a careful examination of every file in which it would probably be placed. I am with perfect respect and esteem Sir Your Ob: Sevt DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I hope your goodness will Excuse this intrusion, I reques you will inform me of the result of the documents and claimz for Services at the Marine Barrack which you were so obliging as to take into your possesion, I am Sir with Sentiments of respect your Hbl Sert MoSHi : Bixby Collection.
I inclose you a letter from Capt Isaac Lane offering the service of 35. men as volunteers, but not specifying whether under the law of 1807. or 1808. the former being for 12. & the latter for 6. months. if under the latter, the law has authorised the Governors to accept; if under the former, the authority given to the President to accept, has been by him delegated to the Governors. your...
The Records of Antiquity exhibit innumerable Instances of wicked Men aided by the Evil Spirit, who, after artfully acquiring public Confidence, trampled upon the Equal Rights of their Species and converted the power with which they were entrusted for the public Good to their own Aggrandizement and Emolument.—Power thus acquired continued to accumulate untill the Rights of the people were...
I received a few days ago your Excellency’s favor of the 9th. inst: covering the patriotic Resolutions of the Legislature of New York of the 3d. the times do certainly render it incumbent on all good citizens, attached to the rights & honor of their country to bury in oblivion all internal differences, and rally round the standard of their country in opposition to the outrages of foreign...