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I take the liberty to address you on a subject, which to me is of a very interesting nature— It is not unlikely that you have already heard that I have no longer any connection with the University of Georgia —The real cause of that disconnection is to be found in the Federal Character of the Board of Trustees, who have appointed a Clergyman & a Federalist as my Successor—The Board which...
Mr. Meigs having noticed an attempt of the Enemy to throw the blame of his late atrocities at Hampton on Foreign Troops in his service, is led to state the following facts, and he communicates them to Mr. Jefferson , presuming that it will be ascribed to a wish that the truth may be not concealed.— Mr Meigs resided in the Island of Bermuda from December 1789 to May 1794—He was during that...
I had the honour to receive your letter of Sept. 18 at the usual interval— If this people could but appreciate the real character of Britain , I think she would yield to our claims of Justice.—I have, ever since the year 1794 been satisfied that war or submission to the insolence of our old master made the only alternative. The evil Genius of M r Hamilton came nearly to paralyse the nation—But...
The Subscriber has the honour, respectfully to represent to the President of the United States, that an intimation has been made to him, on the part of the present Commissioner of the General Land-Office, of his wish to exchange offices. If, in the opinion of the President and Senate, this would advance the public interest, it would be acceptable to the Subscriber. The System of Surveying the...
The Commissioner of the General Land Office respectfully represents to the President of the U States that by letters from the Governor of the Indiana Territory it appears that applications have been made to him for the purpose of obtaining leases of some reserved sections in that territory which exhibit appearances of salt springs—for the purpose of making experiments. By the 2d sect. of the...
I have the honor to enclose herein, for your approbation, leases of two lead mines in the Territory of Missouri, executed by the Recorder of Land titles at St. Louis, to Saml. Hammond and to Hammond & Connor. I have the honor &c. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). On 13 Dec. 1814 Meigs informed Frederick Bates, recorder of land titles at St. Louis, that JM had...
I cannot resist an impulse which all good men must feel. With the multitude of my Brethren of the United States , I congratulate you on the astonishing events of which we have received information within a very short period. Next to that Good Being who has kindly guided this great people to their present happy state, I feel an emotion of Gratitude to M r Jefferson which I have not language to...
The letters from the Land officers at Canton, which you did me the honor to refer to me, I duly received. I do not perceive any objection to a removal of the Land office from Canton to Wooster; on the contrary, I think such removal will be an accommodation to purchasers of Land in that district, and particularly as an act has passed this session, attaching to that district a tract of Land two...
The act of Congress of 6th May 1812, entitled “an Act to provide for designating, surveying and granting the military bounty Lands,” authorizes the President of the U States to cause to be surveyed a quantity of the public Lands fit for cultivation, not otherwise appropriated, and to which the Indian title is extinguished, not exceeding Six millions of Acres, vizt In Michigan Territory...
I have the honor to transmit herewith a number of letters recommending persons who are desirous of being appointed register of the Land office West of pearl river in the place of Henry Dangerfield Esqr; deceased, vizt. Samuel L Winston recommended by the Hon. William Lattimore (who also names Saml. Brooks and Mr. Thruston) by Maxwell Ludlow, & by Joseph Gales jun. Edmund Thruston recommended...
Annexed I have the honor to communicate an extract of a letter dated 11th. inst. from Thomas Sloo Regisr. of the Land office at Shawnee Town. What measures shall be adopted to remove the intruders, you will be pleased to determine. Should the Marshall be directed to remove them, and the Governor directed to aid the Marshall with a military force if necessary? I have the honor to be &c....
I have the honor to enclose a letter from Mr Kerr, relative to the road from the foot of the rapids of the Miami of Lake Erie to the western line of the Connecticut reserve. By the treaty of Brownstown the sd road, 120 feet wide, & all the land within one mile of it, on each side thereof, was acquired from the Indians; By the act of 12 decr. 1811 (page 8 Vol 11) the President was authoriz’d to...
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Register of the Land office at St. Stephens, from which it appears adviseable that the lands which have been prepared for sale in the district east of Pearl river & have not yet been offered for sale, should be exposed at public Sale this year; I have therefore prepared a proclamation for your signature should the measure meet your approbation. I...
§ From Josiah Meigs. 6 May 1815, General Land Office. “The original of the enclosed patent was damaged in the mail and returned for renewal.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). 1 p.
§ From Josiah Meigs. 19 May 1815. “I herewith enclose forty blank Patents for your signature.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). 1 p.
§ From Josiah Meigs. 20 May 1815. “I enclose you a Patent for Signature, which is called for by Mr. Graham of the War Department, and is requested by him for special reasons, with as little delay as possible.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). 1 p.
The documents enclosed with this relative to the opposition of the Indians to the survey of the Military Bounty lands in the territory of Michigan, and of the road from the Rapids of the Miami of Lake Erie to the connecticut reserve are respectfully presented. Surveyors have been frequently interrupted in the prosecution of their work; but I do not know that any compensation has ever been...
The rent of the Saline on section 1-9-3 W. in the district of Kaskaskia is merely the interest of the legal price of the section. Should the spring prove abundant, the U. States will, at the expiration of the lease, be able to rent it at its full value either to the present or other lessees; if other lessees than the present take the lease, the future lessees must pay the present ones for...
The commissioner of the General Land office respectfully represents to the President of the United States, That 1. By the treaty of Brownstown of Nov. 25. 1808—the Wyandot, Chippewa, &c. chiefs, ceded “a tract of land for a road of 120 feet in width, from the foot of the rapids of the river Miami of Lake Erie to the Western Line of the Connecticut reserve and all the land within one Mile of...
The lands in the district West of pearl river, in the Mississippi Territory, and west of the basis meridian, being prepared for sale, and the receiver of public monies for that district having informed me that applications are daily made by persons to purchase, I have the honor to transmit herewith for your signature a proclamation authorising a public sale of those lands on the second Tuesday...
I have the honor to enclose an extract from a confidential letter received this day from the Register of the Land Office at Canton, (Mr Reasin Beall) perhaps the substance of the letter may be usefull to the Commissioners appointed to treat with the Indians at Detroit. Most respectfully I am Sir your obedt. Servt RC and enclosure ( DNA : RG 107, LRRS , M-298:8). Cover sheet bears a note in an...
Captain Thomas Ramsay, late of the First Rifle Regiment has requested my friendly aid. He was my near Neighbour during my residence in Cincinnati for about two years. As a recruiting Officer his talents were obviously of no common order. At the sortie from Fort Erie he, at the head of his company received a wound through the hip, which has rendered him less capable of labour in his occupation...
The register of the land office at St. Stephens M. Territory states, that persons who purchased lands at public sales several years ago, and bid high prices for them, but paid only 1/20 th part of the purchase money, cultivate the lands, and in some cases have rented them for considerable rents (thereby preventing those lands from being purchased by other persons) although the lands became...
§ From Josiah Meigs. 8 August 1815, “General Land-Office Washington City.” “The inclosed was received this morning from Edward Tiffin Surveyor General, with a request that it might be transmitted to the President of the United States.” RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). RC 1 p.; docketed by JM . Meigs enclosed Tiffin’s 31 July 1815 letter to him, which...
By the Act of May 20, 1812, the Surveyor General, under the direction of the President of the United States, is authorised & required to designate &c the Western & Northern Boundaries of the State of Ohio. As this act contemplates the decision of the ultimate boundaries, on two sides, of an independent State, it is desirable that it should be done in such a solemn and scientific manner as to...
I have the honor to transmit, herewith, for your approbation, a lease of a Salt Spring upon section 34 of township 11 in range 3, of the district of Steubenville: This lease was made by the Register of that district in August 1814 under directions from this office, but he omitted to send the lease till now. I have &C Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 49, Division C, Misc. Letters Sent). Enclosure not...
I have read, and with this return the Papers I had the honour to receive yesterday, "for perusal, and “to be returned." I have reason to believe that the Illinois and Wabash companies will resume their efforts to obtain from the United States a confirmation of their Claims. The following Extract from the Correspondence of Albert Gallatin , Esquire with Judge Thruston , while it is very...
I have the honor to return herewith Mr. Clays letter to you, relative to the Marquis De la Fayettes Lands, & to state that the act of 3d. March 1803 granted to him 11,520 Acres, that patents have issued for... 11015 41/100 , remains unpatented Acres 504 59/100 Where the location (of less than 500 Acres) mentioned in the letter, has been made, the records of this office do not shew, but if it...
The late Proclamation relative to Intruders on the Public Lands having apparently caused a considerable excitement, I presume it not improper to communicate the inclosed Extract from a Private Letter received this day from Colonel Nicholas Gray, Register of the Land Office at Washington, Mippi. Territory, West of Pearl River. I have the honour to be very respectfully Yours, P.S. The...
I have the honour to transmit, with this Note, a Letter received this day, recommending (as Receiver of Public Monies in the Land-Office about to be opened for the Sale of the Public Lands ceded by the late Treaty with General Jackson) Israel Pickens, Esq; now a Member of Congress from the State of North-Carolina. It is, I presume, not improper to say, that I have no doubt of the capacity and...
Permit me to present, with this, a letter from James Turner, Esquire, of North Carolina, Senator in Congress, recommending Israel Pickens, Esquire, as Receiver of public monies in the Land-office about to be opened in the Mississippi territory for the sale of Lands lately acquired by a treaty with the Indians of the Creek Nation. I have the honor &c. Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et...
Doctor Daniel Drake of Cincinnati, Ohio, has requested me to present to you a Copy of his Book entitled "Picture of Cincinnati." I have the honour to be very respectfully Yours. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
My friend, Doctor Daniel Drake of Cincinnati, Ohio , has requested me to transmit to you a Copy of his work, entitled “ Picture of Cincinnati ”—I presume it will gratify you, as an elegant and valuable work— The Author is a native of New Jersey , from which state his Father, after having served in the Revolutionary War, emigrated to Kentucky —he has acquired a valuable fund of Literature &...
I have the honor to inclose with this a letter from William Morrison of Kaskaskia, requesting a lease of the Lead Mines of the United States lying East of the Mississippi, and between Rock river and the Ouisconsin--and at Prairie de Chien. -- Those Mines are of great value, and, from the best information I have been able to obtain, are of great extent.-- Mr. Morrison is a man of large...
I have the honour to inclose in this a Letter from Mr. Speaker Clay. I returned home yesterday after an excursion of 18 days to the Northward during which time I visited all that was interesting. I spent several days at New haven. I found Doctr Dwight & the Professors of Yale College, exceedingly polite and obliging. At Stratford I visited my venerable friend Doctor S.W. Johnson, who at the...
I have the honour to inclose, with this, a Sketch copied from a Vignette which it is proposed to cause to be impressid on the Patents for Bounty Lands to the Soldiers of the late army. I do not think myself authorised to annex this ornament to the Patent without your approbation. The Vignette is engraved by the celebrated Anderson of New York--it will not increase at all the expence of the...
I do not know whether it is proper for me to request you to read the letter which accompanies this. Mr. Wolcott was my Classmate in College, and the Friend of my youth. We have, through life, been like minded on the most interesting subjects. In his native state he has sustained a long and painful ordeal on account of his political opinions; and I have the pleasure of beleiving that he will...
I have the honour to transmit with this, a letter from Mr. Creighton, of Ohio. The Law of May 20th. 1812 (Laws of the U States Vol 11--page 191) defines the northern boundary of the State of Ohio, by a line running from the " Southerly extreme of Lake Michigan to Lake Erie." The length of that line, if the mouth of Calumet River be considered as the southerly extreme of Lake Michigan, is about...
In consequence of your enquiries, relative to the claim of the Marquis de la Fayette, I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter from the Register of the Land Office at New Orleans dated 15 July 1816, & a copy of a letter which I addressd to the Secretary of the War Department (dated 20th. August 1816) on the receipt of the Register’s communication. I have the honor to be most respectfully...