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It must be a source of consolation to one like yourself approaching the close of a long & illustrious life, to see by anticipation, the praise which a grateful country will bestow on your memory, by reading what is unanimously accorded to the only one whose services can claim a preference to yours, in our struggle for freedom. That you may long live to enjoy these anticipations and that...
In several visits I made to Philad a after receiving your statement concerning young M c elhany, my inquiries about him was fruitless, at last I meet with him at a Watch -makers who had promised me notice when he should be found in the City. M r M c elhany seemed much confused when he spoke to me, on my asking him why he did not call on you before he left Charlotteville —he told me that he...
You will not think it arrogant if it is suggested that until perfection becomes a human priviledge we shall always be indebted to experience for that course which will best subserve publick purposes; & when experience points out every honest Man walks in the path. The Money paid for the faithful discharge of the duties of Office; is presumed to be a complete equivalent therefor. All the...
We take the liberty to inform you of our sad misfortunes, confined in Cuba Prison, at the inhuman mercy of the cruel Spaniards. Our first misfortunes are as follow: Our vessels being sold for the purpose of privateering, we were obliged to take passage in the schooner Margaretta, Peter Anchor, commander, bound to Jamaica. To our sorrow, after being on the passage two days, the Captain brought...
Being appointed a committee of the NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY (instituted in the year 1804) for the collection of Manuscripts and scarce Books, relating to the History of this Country, and hoping that it may be in your power to aid our researches, and to contribute to our collection, we beg leave to subjoin an extract from the first Report of the Society, which will explain the object. It is...
Mr. Colvin presents his respectful compliments to the President, and asks his acceptance of a No. of the "National Register." No. 9. vol. 3. Vol. 1. for 1817 DLC : Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.
I have recd., fellow Citizens from Governor Preston, your address of the 22d. Ulto: The sentiments which it conveys are particularly endeared to me, as those of a State, with which I am connected by the ties of my birth & of my home; and by the recollections of its confidence & partiality, commencing at an early stage of my life, and continued under different public manifestations, to the...
Having received, through you, the address of the General Assembly of Virginia, of February 10th, I have to request that you will take charge of the enclosed answer to it. I must tender you my acknowledgments at the same time, for the friendly and flattering manner in which you have fulfilled the resolution of the General Assembly. I should express my feelings very imperfectly, if, in recurring...
In January 1815 I had the honor to forward you from New York , a small volume of Sermons delivered in that City, by the Rev Dr M c Leod , in the preceding Summer, adapted to the then reasonable expectation that an attack would be made on that part of our beloved Country by the British—To those Sermons you were pleased to give the testimony of your high approbation. That worthy Divine having...
I take this method, of bidding you a last farewell, and of thanking you, for the benefit I have derived, as one of the citizens of the united states, from your able, and faithfull services, in Some of the most important Stations in the gift of a free people. At your time of life, repose is desirable, and almost necessary. In retirement, I wish you all the happiness, that you can derive, from...
It had been so long, my very dear and antient friend, since I had heard any thing of you thro’ any channel, that I had become uncertain whether you might still be among the living. I have been relieved from that incertitude by the request of mr and mrs Derby to give them a letter to you, informing me at the same time that they had one for you from mrs Cruger . I give it therefore readily in...
You will forgive my having so long delay’d to reply to your very kind letter of January 1st., when you know that I have waited until I could write with certainty: and I did not feel that I could do this, until I knew the decision of the house of Representatives on the agreement made with me by the President:—the passing of the Appropriation bill by that house, including a Sum on account of...
In doing myself the honor of addressing you on the present occasion, permit me to say that it is not without reluctance, I have prevailed upon myself to add one to the number of those who may appear before you as Candidates for a portion of Executive favor. But relying on the liberality of your disposition for indulgence, I take the freedom to address you. A bill, providing for the prompt...
Having considered the Bill this day presented to me, entitled "An act to set apart and pledge certain funds for internal improvements", and which sets apart and pledges funds "for constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses, in order to facilitate, promote, and give security to internal commerce among the several States, and to render more easy and less...
To prevent any Suspicion of a deficiency in respect to you and your Lady, whom we have never ceased to more than respect & esteem, I am unwilling to permit you to depart without expressing our sincere regret that when your Departure was made known to all our Friends by her farewell visit to them, and they were thereby enabled to pay their parting respects, we remained ignorant thereof, and...
Knowing that we cannot differ on the question of the object of the Internal Improvement bill, however we may on the Constitutional point, will you excuse me for respectfully suggesting whether you could not leave the bill to your successor? If it receive his approbation, within the ten days, I am inclined to think the law is valid. The notification to the two houses of the passage of any bill,...
I regret extremely that the enclosed letters were received at so late a day as yesterday. If it should so happen, you should be of the Opinion, that the application of our mutual friends, has arrived too late for you to decide on Officially, I flatter myself you will have no hesitation on favouring me, by placing these letters into the hands of your Successor, as soon as may be convenient;...
I ask the liberty of communicating to you the enclosed letter from Gen Howell of the Senate with the accompaniments and solicit your attention thereto. I had hoped to wait upon you but time hardly promises an allowance of that pleasure. I need not repeat you how sincerely I esteem Gen Howell or how much I should be gratified in his obtaining public employment worthy of his merits. This you...
Je vous ai adressé, ce matin, par la poste, le dernier volume de mon dictionnaire. J’espère que les 3 volumes seront arrivés Sans accident. Il me Semble que M r Gibson aurait été beaucoup plus régulier commercialement parlant de ne débiter votre compte des 31 d lls qu’autant que son correspondant de Philadelphie lui eût envoyé un reçu de Moi, que certainement il eût éxigé si l’on m’eût payé...
Your favor of Feb. 17. came to hand two days ago. I wish it were more in my power to fulfill the request of furnishing you with a full and compleat catalogue for an Agricultural library. for this first and and most useful of all human arts and sciences I have had from earliest life the strongest partiality. yet such have been the circumstances of the times in which I have happened to live that...
  Geoponica Bassi. Niclasii. Lipsiae . 1781. Gr. Lat. 2. v. 8 vo Owen ’s translation of the Geoponics. Eng. 2. v. 8 vo Scriptores rei rusticae veteres. [ Cato, Varro , Columella , Palladius .] the edition published at Leipsic by Schneider
I enclose to you what I deem a sine quâ non in finance— M r Monroe is in favor of it & M r Crawford desired the Com ee on a national Currency to write to him that he might introduce it to a limited amount of five or ten Million— M r Calhoun the Chairman promised to write,
I trust you will forgive my having so long delayed to answer your very kind letter of January 10 th —the reason has been that I could write nothing with certainty, until by passing the appropriation bill , the House of Representatives had sanctioned the agreement which was made with me by the President I have now the pleasure to say that I am authorized to paint four of the great Events of the...