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I had the pleasure to receive the letter which you forwarded to me through Col: Trumbull , & to apply it, with the best effect, to the purpose for which it was intended. Congress passed a law, under which a contract has been concluded with him, for the painting of four pieces; the declaration of Independance; the surrender of Burgoyne , that of Cornwallis ; & the resignation of Gen l...
The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the resolution of the Senate of the 20th. instant, requesting “the President to lay before the Senate a copy of the correspondence between the government of the United States and the government of Spain, relative to the subjects of controversy between the two nations, except such part as he may deem improper to disclose,” has the honor to submit to...
The Secretary of State, to whom has been referred the resolution of the Senate of the 28th of last month, requesting the President to cause to be laid before the Senate such information as he may possess touching the execution of so much of the first article of the late treaty of peace and amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America as relates to the restitution of...
The enclosed was handed to me by Mr. Swift, who informd me that he had recd. it from Mr. Daschkoff, without being instructed to presentit here. He read me an extract from Mr. Ds letter stating that the passage in the message, giving information to Congress that the Russian mediation had been declind in the first instance, gave him the first intelligence of the fact. DLC : Papers of James...
I saw Mr. Bishop this morning, on the subject of his late letter to me, communicated to Mr. Crawford. I told him that no opinion had been formed against him, & that the representation to his prejudice, which had been made to the dept. of the Treasury, & sent to him by Mr. Crawford, had been sent to him, in a spirit of candour, to enable him to give such explanation, as he might think proper:...
I saw Mr. de Neuville to day and explained the cause, why, the article was not sent to the press. He was satisfied. I had mistaken his motives, in suggesting to me, his intention in writing another note. It was not, to press former demands or, relinquish them, but, leaving things where they were, to conciliate. If he writes any thing he will shew it to me, before making it official, as I had...
It would give me real pleasure to be useful to m r arm i stead , for the reasons which you have stated, if I had the power, but there is no vacancy in the dep t of State , and so closely beset are all the dep ts , by applicants for clerkships, that opportunities rarely occur of introducing into either, any person whom we wish, however deserving of it. I have spoken to the President in m r arm
The inclosed was left with me by M r Rush , for your opinion, of the propriety of the measure proposed. I retaind it, in the hope of finding you alone, before we separated, for a moments conversation on the subject. The first question is, whether such a notice of the occurrence, which it is proposed to commemorate, is proper, or silent contempt, will be, more expressive, & dignified? You will...
I send you a very interesting & indeed important Letter from Col: Jessup. Having this moment receivd it, I have not time to make any comment on it, especially as I have Cols. Barbour & Lindsay with me, as also Mr Monterey who lately left you. very respectfully yrs. DLC : Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.
I send many letters recd. by this mail in favor of Mr. Beaseley, which I have not had time to peruse. On the subject of the marshall, to be appointed at New York, I shall direct, by next mail, a blank comn. to be forwarded to you, and it is probable I may be with you, by the time it arrives, as I shall leave this, according to present prospects, then, for your house on my way to Washington, to...
I now enclose you a project of a letter to Ct. Nesselrode, on the subject of Mr Kosloff, with a short one to Mr Daschkoff, putting it under his last. You seemd to think that it wod. be best, to answer Daschkoff s letter, by one to his superior, in which, I entirely concur. In that case, the more concise the letter to Daschkoff the better. It will of course go sealed, I mean that to Ct....
I sent you a Sketch of a reply to the French minister, subject to your correction, to be forwarded afterwards to Mr Graham. If the offer is discussd with him, there will be no end to it, & we shall lose ground in every step. He must I think be a little alarm’d by adverting to the fate of Jackson, and Genet. Unless some tone is taken, all hope of indemnity is lost. I infer from yours, that this...
Owing to some accident I did not receive your letter of the 28. untill after Mr. Rush left me, which I much regret, as it deprivd me of the opportunity, of conferring with him, on the answers to be given to those of the French & Russian ministers, which accompanied it. I am astonished at the contents of both, as they put us to trials, which, if either of them had good sense or moderation would...
m r Rush has just left me to bid you farewell, intending, when he departed, to set out on his return to washington tomorrow. If you can keep him, I will be happy to join with him, the party, from your house , on the visit to m r Divers . But if he proceeds on his journey, it is possible that my engagments with him, may prevent me. I will join you if in my power, & at an early hour. RC ( DLC );...
I have yours of the 12. Mr Rush and I shall set out for your house on friday eveng, with intention to get as far as Fairfx ct. H. that night. We shall move slowly, so that we may not arrive, before monday or tuesday. The letter to the dey of Algiers, will, as you will find, by the translation of his, sent to you, yesterday, require much attention. The state of things there, and in Engld., and...
The Spanish officer to whom the enclosed papers relate, having obtaind an interview, presented them, and pressed most earnestly for such aid, or countenance, as would enable him to obtain it of individuals, as their present exigencies requird. He wanted particularly four or five vessels to take supplies from St. Domingo, to some port of the coast, where he might co operate with Bolivar, and...
Mr Bagot has offerd, an alternative, on the coast of the Island of New Foundland, from Cape ay to the Ma Islands, if preferr’d to that on the Labrador, from Mt. Joli to the bay of Esquimaux. I have conferr’d with Mr Homans respecting it, who fears that it is too much Subjected to fog. I believe it will be best to refer it to Mr Adams with all the light we can obtain, together with the...
I returned here last night from Loudoun, in rather better health. I shall apply closely to the unfinished business, with which you are acquainted, and after making the best arrangment that circumstances will admit of, in each instance, set out with Mr Rush for your house, which I hope we shall be able to do, the latter end of next week; perhaps on Thursday. I have just recd. a letter from Mr....
I recd. yours of the 2d. yesterday, & of course have no time, to say any thing to Mr Pinkney or Mr Harris, respecting the charge Mr Coles will take of the dispatches communicating the state of our affrs. with Russia, after the receit of those sent by Mr Coles. My arrangment with Mr Coles, was founded partly on the idea, that the public would derive an advantage, from having the command of the...
I wrote you a few lines the day I left Washington, to advise of it, and of the state in which the affairs then were, which had so long detaind me there. You have already, as I presume, recd,. Mr Bagots letter to me respecting the armament on the lakes, the vague character of which, seems to leave little hope of a satisfactory result, at this time. I enclose you a project of an answer, the...
I have not yet heard from Mr Crowninshield, and I begin to fear that Mr Bagot’s power relative to the arming on the lakes is of a very limited nature. Finding many admonitions that my constitution does not accord with this climate, I must move to a higher surface. I shall therefore go to Loudoun, transacting by letter thence, all that can be managed in that way, as indeed most of the business...
I have not yet receiv’d an answer from Mr Crowninshield, respecting the Labrador coast, or the Algerine letter. The letter to Mr Harris, will be ready for Mr Coles whenever he arrives. It being pretty much a legal subject, I have availd myself of the aid of Mr Rush in preparing the dispatch. Mr Homans says that a corvette is prepard to take him, & that the cost will be inconsiderable, she...
I have written to day to Mr Coles to come here immediately, to take dispatches, to Mr Harris in Russia. I have recd. Mr Ingersols report; the dispatches will therefore be ready for Mr Coles, by the time he gets here. He will be plac’d, of course, on the best footing, that precedents will admit of. I have not yet heard from Mr Crowninshield, either, respecting the Labrador coast, or the letter...
I had an interview with Mr de Kantzow yesterday, whose object in it was, to present a copy of his power to form a commercial treaty, which is sent to you. I inform’d him that Mr Russell was instructed on the subject; he seemed to be aware that there would be some impropriety in acting on it, till we heard from Stockholm. He said he should return to day to Phila., where he would receive my...
I returnd last night and receivd your letters of the 7th. & 8th. The letter of the Dey of Algiers, is sent to Mr Crowninshield at Salem, for an experiment, to obtain a translation of it, there, & at Boston, to be made under his auspices. It could not be translated at New York, or Phila., and I fear, that we shall have no better success, to the East. I have recd. no answer to the enquiry...
The business with Mr Bagot being suspended, & that with Algiers an acct of the Deys letter which I have sent first to New York, & in case of seizure there, to Mr Crowninshield for translation, & that with Russia in the same state, till I get an answer from Mr Ingersol, I shall take a trip for a few days to Loudoun, to look to my harvest, & to my health. Mr Hughes has returnd. His communication...
I had an interview with Mr Bagot yesterday on the subject of the fisheries. He proposes, to allot for our use, a certain tract on the Labrador shore, lying between Mt. Joli & the strait of Belle Isle, the Esquimaux bay, a distance of more than 150 miles, being between 2. and 3. degrees. Ships which descend the St. Lawrence pass, generally, I believe, thro this strait by Mt. Joli. His idea is,...
Your letter with Mr Harris’s respecting Mr Kosloff has been receivd, and will be duly attended to. I have written to Mr Ingersol to obtain a correct copy of every measure which was taken in the affair then, & Mr Rush has given him hints in a private letter, which will aid him in the details. I find that the evidence, in the proceeding, will operate more against the consul than I had supposed,...
The minister of France intending himself the honor of paying his respects to you at your residence in Virginia, I have taken the liberty to assure him of the pleasure it would afford you to receive him. He expects to set out this evening, & I avail myself of the opportunity of assuring you of the high consideration with which I have the honor to be your very obt. servant DLC : Papers of James...
The enclosed from Mr. Harris, shews, that the affair of Kosloff the Russian consul at Phila., has been taken up in a high tone, under the representation’s of Daschkoff, at St. Petersburg, and you will find by Mr. Adams’s letter, that he had become acquainted with it. I wrote to Mr. Harris, according to my recollection, three letters, in which this affair was notic’d; the most important of the...