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17 April 1809, Paris. The acting American consul in Paris congratulates JM on his election as president. Encloses file on the Argus and mentions troop strength of French and their disposition in Spain. Reports figures for various commands and gives separate totals of troops furnished by the “confederation of the Rhine.” This information is reliable as it comes from “an officer who … has pretty...
I had the honor of writing to you, by M r Purviance , the bearer of dispatches. I now beg leave to inclose, for your perusal, an analysis of tobacco, which you will please to present to the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia . As it is curious and interesting, it may be deemed worthy of a place in the next volume of their memoirs. The essence of tobacco, prepared in America , if allowed to...
I had the honor of lately writing to you to congratulate You on your elevation to the Presidency of the United States. I now take the liberty of addressing you concerning my situation as Consul, and of praying you to continue me in my present office. My knowledge of some of the most useful modern languages, particularly of French, and the acquaintance I have already made with the authorities...
I had the honor of receiving your letter , of the 25th of February, from Mr. Coles . I forwarded the packet and letter for Mr Mazzei , to Mr. Cathalan , by a safe and private conveyance. The one for Professor Blumenbach shall be transmitted to him by the first opportunity. The information you are pleased to communicate, concerning a candidate for the place I occupy, gives me much uneasiness. I...
I had the honor of writing to you, by Mr Coles , and of sending you several parts of Humboldt s work on South America . a volume, of the society of Arcueil , mentioned in his letter, was not then received. I now send it, accompanied with a copy of Callets’ Logarithms, which Mr Didot bids me offer you. the tables are more correct than any others that have yet appeared. Indeed they are said to...
I have the honor of offering, for your acceptance, the life of the Duke of Malborough lately published here by the Emperors’ instructions. He has intimated his intention of engaging certain literary Men to write the lives of other distinguished Generals according to the same plan. I also inclose two brochures relating to Mr Barlows’ Poem, and am, Sir, with the greatest respect Your very obedt...
I have the honor of presenting to you a memoir in the Case of the Jefferson , which was prepared and published at General Armstrongs’ request. I have transmitted, to the Secretary of State, a communication on the Subject of Prize Causes. I fondly hope, Sir, that you will be pleased to have my provisional Appointment confirmed. I shall do every thing in my power to be worthy of this trust. I...
I have the honor of sending you, to the care of Mr. Bullus , a history of Poland , and a brochure, which are presented to you, by the author—a Polish General . I lately sent a copy of the same, via Holland : if you receive both, please to give one to the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia . I long to hear from you in your retreat. If you publish any work, I beg you to send a copy for the...
I am almost ashamed to address you again on the subject of my continuance here as Consul and agent of Prize Causes, but my anxiety prompts me to it. With General Armstrongs’ advice, I had proposed to embark for Washington, on board the vessel which carries this, charged with his dispatches and communications, but the arrival of the Wasp has destroyed my project, and prevented me from having...
I had the pleasure of writing to you by the Wasp sloop of war, and of sending you several brochures. I am instructed, by the Secretary of the agricultural Society , to send you the last volume of their transactions. I inclose a map which the author beg you to accept. more than twenty American vessels, with rich cargoes, have been lately carried to different ports of France , Holland , and...
I have the honor of sending you some newspapers and two memoirs relating to Prize Causes, and am, Sir, with great respect, Your very obedt and very humble Sert RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. Enclosures not found.
I have the honor of sending you a file of newspapers which contains an acct. of the late wonderful events that have taken place on the Continent. Spain is to be attacked with an army of nearly 200,000 men, and will probably be subjugated. Holland is to become a province of france, and the prediction of Smith, in his Wealth of Nations, will doubtless be realised. If the Republican form of Govt....
I have the honor of sending you, by Captain Fenwick , a copy of Mr. Bottas’ work — Storia della guerra Americana . It is well written, and contains information not found in any other narrative on the same Subject. The Author is a member of the French Legislative body: his principles are just and liberal, and he is a most amiable man.— you will have been informed of the Emperors orders to sequester
I have the honor of sending you by Captain Fenwick, a copy of Mr. Bottas’ “ Storia della guerra americana [”]: this is a solid work, and is well written. The Author has been occupied with it more than three years. I had the honor of writing to you by the Ship Madison . I shall not, at present, renew the subject which so deeply interests me. I still hope that you will continue me here as...
I have the honor of sending you the inclosed copy of an analysis of the meteoric stone that fell in the United States , with a list of vessels, and some brochures containing defences, of vessels and cargoes, made by me— I have transmitted to you several pamphlets by different opportunities, and I hope that you have received them— The late decree of the Emperor is extremely hostile—and seems to...
I have the honor of sending you the inclosed newspapers and brochures . I am, at present, much occupied with the business of Prize-Causes. I have thought it a duty to make a defence of several cases not represented here by any Agent. The Court, though it regularly confiscates the property in every American case that comes before them, continues to ratify contracts between the captors and...
I have the honor of sending you copies of some of my memoirs in defense of american vessels and cargoes. A considerable number of american Cases still remain to be adjudged by the Council of Prizes. As there is no Agent to represent them, I think it is my duty to make a defence. I trust that my zeal and industry in this business, and in the discharge of my Consular duties will meet your...
General armstrong having informed me verbally of the appointment of Mr. Russell as Charge d’affaire , and having, at the same time intimated, that he is sooner, or later, to replace me as Consul, I feel myself obliged to address you again on this subject, still cherishing the hope that you will be pleased to continue me in my present, or in some other Official situation at Paris. I am...
I beg leave to inform you that the Attorney General is not yet arrived at Washington . Mr. Coles , to whom I delivered your packet for Mr Rodney , informs me, that he has lost all his furniture on board a vessel, destined for this city, which has been lately wrecked— I was obliged to return from Monticello , by Richmond , where I had the pleasure of meeting Messrs Coles and Cabell .
I had the honor of writing to you from Washington . I shall send you by todays mail, some brochures — I had the pleasure of being informed, at the Department of State , that my communications to the secretary and my public and private conduct were always approved, and that no charge, nor insinuation has been made against me— Mr. Brent and others informed me that mr. Mc Crae will not remain at...
I beg leave to inform you that I wrote to you from Washington and Baltimore , and sent, by the Post, from the latter place, several packets which I hope you have received. I now send three brochures — “ Select papers of the Belfast Literary Society ”— Certain Individuals the friends of General Armstrong , have informed me that he has often declared that he will not oppose my reappointment as...
I had the honor of sending you , the other day, from new york , thro’ the Post-Office, three no s of a Philosophical work, which I hope will reach you—From Baltimore I sent you three packets containing brochures — You were pleased to promise me a copy of your “Manual of Parliamentary practice, ” which I promised to send to a friend at Paris . If you can spare two Copies I wish much to keep one...
I beg leave to inform you, that I have received your letter, of the 11th of Jan. , which gives me the pleasing hope of returning as Consul to Paris . I need not repeat how much I am indebted to you for your friendship—To be reestablished at Paris will make me quite happy, as it will afford me the means of a decent existence and of improvement in scientific pursuits—which I value more than...
I beg leave to inform you that I have written to my friend Doctor Stephenson to send you, as soon as possible, some of the Fioren grass, which will no doubt as you observe, be a very valuable acquisition in this Country.— I am almost ashamed to renew the subject of my appointment to you, but my unfortunate situation obliges me to state that the President informed me today that he cannot...
In consequence of the enquiry which you were pleased to make last evening, with respect to my conduct in a certain affair, I beg leave to present you the following statement of facts. A french vessel, by the particular permission, or instruction of General Armstrong was purchased by Captain Haley, in the name of Captain Banks, an american, to sail as a Parlementaire or flag vessel for the...
I beg leave to offer you the following explanation concerning my conduct as Agent of Prize Causes, which has been, as you are pleased to inform me, represented to you, in an unfavorable manner. It gratifies me much to be permitted to expose the false charges secretly made for the purpose of disappointing my views. Without this favor, I could find no security against the shafts of malice. If I...
I have the pleasure of informing you that the President , on the 2d Instant, was pleased to nominate me as Consul t at Paris , and the nomination was confirmed, the following day, by the Unanimous vote of the Senate . I have proposed to embark with mr. Barlow , but am, this day, advised, for several reasons, political, as well as private, to embark on the John Adams , which, the Secretary of...
I had the honor of receiving your letter, of the 11th Instant, the evening before the John Adams sailed from Newport: I have returned to this City to wait your instructions concerning my departure for France. I am, Sir, with great respect, your most obedient, and very humble Servt. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( MdHi : Warden Papers).
I beg leave to inform you, that, at the moment, when I was on the eve of embarking for France , at Newport, I received a note from the President directing me to suspend my departure till I received further instructions on this point. I propose to wait for them at this City; and will be glad to be the Bearer of letters which you proposed to commit to my care. General Bailey informs me that he...
I have the honor of informing you, that I received, from General Bailey , the note you were pleased to write to me, inclosing a letter for mr Tracey : this day, I have received your letter of the 28th of last month , inclosing letters for Madame de Tessé , General La Fayette , and mr Walsh . I have already taken the liberty of informing you, that my departure, for France
I am induced, by a sense of duty, to inclose for your perusal, a copy of my defence with regard to the insinuation made against me, before my appointment, by a secret enemy, and to which, I understand, General armstrong has lately referred—as he has not furnished his objections to my consular appointment, I trust that the President will soon allow me to embark. The suspension of my departure...
My delicate situation renders it an incumbent duty to reply to all the insinuations made against me, which you are pleased to notice, otherwise, I would not dare to renew a subject, which has already, to my regret, occupied you too much. It has been stated to you, Sir, that ten guineas will cover all expences in the prosecution, and defence of an american Prize case, before the Prize Court, at...
I beg leave to inform you, that the Essex is arrived, and that we expect to sail in the course of eight, or ten days. I received, from Mr. Graham , the note which you were pleased to write, with the inclosed letter for Paris — Since that time, I took the liberty of sending you a copy of my translation of Gregoires’ work on Blacks, in which he examines your opinions concerning their capacity...
I beg leave to inform you, that I have received the volume for general La Fayette . I shall set out tomorrow, for annapolis , where I expect to embark for France , with mr Barlow , in the course of a few days— the French Minister has received dispatches from France announcing the Emperors’ decision to admit into the ports of his Empire, the productions of the United States — It is stated, that...
On my return here, I found an Edition, in 8vo, of the Essai politique sur La Nouvelle Espagne —of which I have forwarded a copy for your acceptance. Baron Humboldt is, at present, in Germany, and proposes to return soon to Paris. He accuses Major Pike of having copied a part of his map, without even the mention of his Name. A french translation of Pikes’ Journal is in the press. I beg leave,...
I have the honor of informing you, that I forwarded, to their address, the letters which you were pleased to confide to my care. That, for Mr. Mazzei , was forwarded to him by Mr. Cathalan , of Marseilles — I inclose a letter , from Mr Walsh , in reply to that you sent by me. General La Fayette says, that he will write to you by the frigate—
I beg leave to inform you, that on my arrival, at Paris, I ascertained, that a person, of New york, named Strong, was the author of the charge, concerning which you were pleased to ask an explanation, previous to my Consular appointment. I take the liberty of inclosing a narrative of the case, which I have written for the purpose of evincing to you the correctness of my conduct, and the great...
I have the honor of communicating to you, the following statement of the Manufactory of sugar from Beets, of Indigo from Pastel , and of soda, from sea-salt. The mean produce of sugar, extracted from beets, is about two, and a half pounds, per quintal. A french arpent yields from twenty, to thirty thousand pounds, which cost seven livres ten sous per thousand. Besides the sugar, every 100 lbs...
I have the honor of transmitting to you the inclosed copies of letters, relating to my employment as agent of Prize cases. The minister—Mr. Barlow—has applied to the Duke of Bassano, to obtain for me free access to the Prize-Court, which is of great importance to the interests of american Citizens. The Duke has submitted his demand to the Emperor, whose decision is not yet known. As there is...
I have the honor to send you a Brochure “on the principles, and laws of armed neutrality,” of which the contents, from particular circumstances, are highly interesting to the United States. The Head quarters of the Emperor of France are already Twenty leagues beyond Wilnaw. It is generally believed, that Russia will make but a feeble resistance against his immense army, supported by Austria,...
I regret that I have not had the honor of receiving a line from you since my return to Paris , during which interval I have written to you at four different times— my first, of the 10th December, 1811, was accompanied with a MS. from Senator Tracy , who is anxious to know whether you received it— It was forwarded, with Mr. Barlows’ dispatches, under cover to the President of the United States...
12 November 1812. Sends “nine other copies of the Engraving of the portrait of the President, to whom and to the family I pray you to present my respects.” “I took the liberty of writing to him by the mary amore , and of sending him some brochures . I hope soon to hear of his reelection, and of complete success to his patriotic administration.” Sends “this by Dr morell, who is a Very promising...
I have the honor of sending you two brochures of the national Institute, the contents of which are very interesting. I also inclose some french gazettes which contain some details concerning the situation of the french armies. Letters, which I have now received from the united States, announce the pleasing intelligence, that you will be reelected by a great majority. I have taken the liberty...
I had the pleasure of writing to you, the 1st of nov. last , by duplicate , informing you concerning packages and letters forwarded to you by different channels of conveyance. Senator Tracy is anxious to know whether you received a MS , which I delivered to Mr. Barlow , to be sent with his dispatches — This will be accompanied with a copy of the civil, penal, and criminal codes , which I beg...
The mournful event of mr. Barlows, death, has placed in my hands, the affairs of the Legation. In supplying this vacancy, it shall be my utmost endeavor to merit your approbation. It is unfortunate, that the negotiation is averted, at a moment, when the mind of this Government seems earnest for arrangement. Dr. Stephens, whom I send as a confidential messenger, will communicate to you the...
on the 21st of january last , I had the honor of writing to you , by Doctor Stephens , and of sending, for your acceptance, a copy of the civil, penal, and criminal codes of France . I also inclosed a letter from mr. mazzei . I have since forwarded to you, by mr. Breuil , of the
yesterday I had the pleasure of receiving your letter, of the 29th of December last , with those inclosed, which I have delivered to their address, with the exception of two, one for Gen. Kosciusko : the other , for mr. mazzei : these I shall forward by the first conveyance: the former lives in the Country near Fontainbleau . Madame De Tessé is no more: she died some months ago. gen. La...
I have the honor of communicating to you a copy of my correspondence with mr. Crawford to serve as a defence of my determination to wait for your official instructions with respect to my Consular powers. My removal from office, in the manner which I have described appeared to me to be an abuse of delegated authority: for if mr. Crawfords powers in relation to me were discretionary, as would...
I am induced by feelings of gratitude to send for your perusal the inclosed communication relating to my removal from office— and am, with great respect, your most obedt Sert RC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Oct. 1814 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosures: (1) Isaac Cox Barnet to Warden, Paris, 25 Aug. 1813,...
I have already taken the liberty of transmitting to you, by mr Todd , a copy of my defence in reply to the accusation presented by mr Crawford as the ground of my removal from office, or suspension of my Consular powers. Since the date of that Communication, I have been informed that the real motive for this decision of the Government was grounded on information, that I corresponded with the...