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In my communication to you , of the 17th. instant, I informed you that conventions had been entered into, with the government of France, for the cession of Louisiana to the United States. these, with the advice & consent of the Senate, having now been ratified, & my ratification exchanged for that of the First Consul of France in due form, they are communicated to you for consideration in your...
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to mr Houston, and in compliance with the desire expressed in his letter of the 4th. returns him his journal. he is happy that mr Houston has got into the hands of the person who is certainly the most able he could have found in the unfortunate complaint under which he labours. with respect to any application to Congress, it would be inefficient, because...
I was presented a few days ago with a sample of Wheat from Buenos Ayres, and of Barley from Old Spain. Being deprived of the opportunity of putting them into the ground myself, I know not that I can dispose of them better than into your hands. I have no particular reason to suppose that either has any peculiar merit; but it may be the case; or they may improve by a change of climate. Such...
9 February 1802, Department of State. Acknowledges Howard’s letter of [27] Jan. concerning the seizure of his property at Trujillo. “As instructions have been given to our Minister at Madrid to endeavour to effect an agreement with the Spanish Government for the establishment of a Board of Commissioners to ascertain the losses which our commercial citizens have sustained during the war, it...
In the execution of the trust of granting pardons, as it is impossible the President should be personally acquainted with those circumstances which determine the propriety of granting or refusing, I have regularly had recourse to the district judge before whom the trial was, & who has heard all the circumstances of the case, & I have generally applied for his opinion thro’ the District...
I enclose copies of several papers, received from the Consul at the Cape of Good Hope, whence it would appear that the Ship Charles and Harriot, John Earl, master; Ship Swift, Capt. Maybury, Brig Israel, John Gardner, master, and the Ship Oneida, Capt. Maybury, all of Newport, Rh. Island have been concerned in carrying on the slave trade between Foreign Countries. You will be pleased to obtain...
I inclose you a letter from Gibson & Jefferson in Richmond which will inform you of the reciept of only 70. instead of 80. bundles of nail-rod, which you will doubtless have rectified wherever the error has happened. when you forward on the 10. bundles deficient, I shall be glad if you will send at the same time 3. sheets of sheet-iron 5 f. 9 I. long, and of whatever width above 16. I. they...
Be pleased to forward for me without delay, to the care of Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond 2½ Cwt of iron in flat bars, of the toughest quality, and 5. Cwt of a harder quality in bars ¾ I. square. Accept my salutations & best wishes. P.S. mr Barnes will remit you 309.42 D in the beginning of the ensuing month for the last supply of rod. PrC ( MHi ); in ink at foot of text: “Jones & Howell”;...
Be pleased to send two tons of nailrod assorted from 6 d. to 20 d. sizes to Richmond addressed to messrs. Gibson & Jefferson for me, & with as little delay as possible. the suspension of intercourse by the fever has occasioned my nailery to be nearly out & it will be quite so before this supply arrives. mr Barnes will remit you immediately 45 D. 81 c the amount of the last bill now due. Accept...
William Stewart , a smith who has lived with me at Monticello some years, is now in Philadelphia, and wishes to have some files and bars of iron and some steel of his own choice, sent on for me to Richmond. I will therefore pray you to ship for that place such as he may chuse, consigning them to Gibson & Jefferson. I must also trespass on your benevolence with respect to this man. he is one of...
Th: Jefferson presents his respects to Messrs. Stanton & Howland, & regrets that it is not consistent with the rule he lays down for his own conduct to communicate to them the papers asked for in their note of the 27th. applications to him for office, & information given him as to the character of applicants, he considers as confidential, to be used only for his own government, and never to...
I have received your letter of the 8th. inst. Whether the case of your Sloop Hiram is embraced by the Convention with France may be considered as doubtful. It would therefore be advisable for you to take the advice of Counsel upon that point, and upon the steps necessary for you to pursue in order to bring it within the purview of the Treaty, if any further proceedings are incumbent upon you;...
26 January 1802, Department of State, Washington. Acknowledges receipt of their letter of 20 Jan. “and can only say in answer, that the subject of Spanish captures has been committed to the new Minister to Madrid, Mr. Pinckney, who is instructed to press for compensation: but as I have not heard of his arrival there, I can give you no information of his success.” RC ( DNA : RG 76, Spain,...
I duly received your favor of April 9 & am much gratified with that affectionate attachment, which you express for me. The mode you have adopted to mark your regard is very flattering. All that I can say to you upon this occasion is, God bless the brave boy to whom you have given the name of MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I have received our favor of 30 October & return the subscription paper for Hubly’s journal with my name to it. The journals of officers who served with reputation in the revolutionary war must be valuable and authentic original documents for history. I rejoice in the prosperity of your family and pray for blessings on your promising and deserving children—As to the dedication you may do as...
Mr. Hughes will please to execute the above order as follows—After deducting the Costs he will pay their proportions to the respective parties except that to Joseph Caste which I will receive. ALS , Emmett Collection, MS Division, New York Public Library. Hughes, a New York City lawyer, was a master of the New York Court of Chancery. This letter concerns the case of Benjamin Taylor v Charles...
Mr. Lewis A. Terascon, an enterprising citizen of Pennsylvania, having built and loaded two vessels at Pittsburg and intending to dispatch them for Europe, apprehends that the present or future restraints of our rights in the Mississippi may render your good offices useful to him in their passage out of the river. One of the vessels is a schooner called the Amity of 105 tons, commanded by...
Your letter of the 18th Ult, has duly come to hand, with the extract from the decree of the Intendant prohibiting the deposit of American merchandize at New Orleans without assigning any other on the Banks of the Mississippi. This proceeding can be viewed in no other light than as a direct and palpable infraction of the Treaty of 1795, and a heavy aggression on the immediate interests of the...
We are ready according to the terms of our Commission to enquire into the claims which may be made to any part of the lands containd within the conditional cession of Georgia & for that purpose we invite you to communicate to us with precision the nature & extent of the claims made by yourselves & other persons whose agents you are. Transcripts of the several deeds company Articles & other...
22 March 1805, Department of State . “The President of the United States being desirous of availing the public of your Services as Governor of the Territory of Michigan, I have the pleasure to inclose your Commission.” RC ( MH ); letterbook copy of enclosure ( DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Permanent and Temporary Presidential Commissions). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM; docketed by...
Having asked and obtained the opinion of the Attorney General on certain points stated by the Secretary of the Michigan Territory, and as the opinion may be of use to you as well as to him, I enclose a copy of it, and am, Sir, with great respect, Your Very Obt. Servt. DNA : RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.
11 June 1805, Department of State. “As no specific appropriation was made by Congress for the support of the Government of Michegan, it has been arranged, that the Salaries are to be paid out of the Contingent fund of Government; and the Governor Judges and Secretary may receive a quarters advance at the Treasury, reimbursable by the first salary which accrues to them respectively. It will be...
§ To William Hull. 17 January 1806, Department of State. “As the seals & seal-presses necessary for the Territory of Michegan may be more conveniently procured under your immediate direction, I shall be obliged by your taking it upon yourself. It is believed that hitherto a seal & seal-press, of a suitable nature for the territories, have not cost together more than 30 dollars. The expense...
I inclose herewith a number of printed copies of a proclamation issued yesterday by the President, in order to arrest an enterprize represented to be in preparation against the possessions of Spain. You will be pleased to make the disposition of them which you may judge the most suitable for the occasion. I have the honor to be with very great respect Sir, your most obt Sert. MH .
§ To William Hull. 17 March 1806, Department of State. “I have received your letter of the 26th. ult. [not found] and to observe, in answer, that the President foreseeing no inconvenience from the delay, which will be occasioned by your returning to Detroit, by the way of Lake Erie, instead of a journey through the woods, does not object to the mode you propose.” RC ( MH-H ); letterbook copy (...
The President having thought proper to revoke the Commission of Stanley Griswold Esqr. as Secretary of the Michigan Territory, you will receive from that Gentleman the Records and other articles belonging to the Secretarys Office. I have written a Letter to Mr. Griswold by this Mail desiring that he would deliver these things to you and I presume of course that there will be neither difficulty...
I enclose a pardon of the homicide committed by Mechosee, mentioned in your letter of the 18th. ult: and some of the documents printed by order of Congress. Having occasion to use the laws of the Michigan Territory, passed since the reassembling of the Governor and Judges this Summer, and particularly the law respecting the creation of a bank, I request you to be pleased to cause copies to be...
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 8th. instant. The qualification of a freehold in land being required of the Governor by law, no power exists in the hands of the Executive to dispense with it: and an allowance for travelling expences in proceeding to the Territory, being also unauthorized by any existing law is equally beyound the purview of the Executive; whatever may be the...
I enclose an extract of a letter from the Postmaster General to the President containing information that trespasses are committing on a certain species of timber, growing on the public lands near lake Erie. It is the President’s direction that you warn by proclamation all persons from committing such trespass, and that you be afterwards watchful to cause the trespassers to suffer proper legal...
Thos: Jefferson asks leave to observe to Baron de Humboldt that the question of limits of Louisiana between Spain & the US is this. they claim to hold to the river Mexicana or Sabine & from the head of that Northwardly along the heads of the waters of the Missipi to the head of the Red river & so on. we claim to the North river from it’s mouth to the source either of it’s Eastern or Western...