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I understand a law has passed creating the office of Solicitor to the Treasury and the intimate knowledge I have of the worth and talents of Mr. E U Duval induces a wish that he should obtain that appointment His services and experience in the Comptrollers Office while his worthy uncle filled that place afford him peculiar advantages, and his sterling integrity professional talents and zeal...
The inclosed proposals have been issued, after receiving the repeated solicitations of my late father ’s friends. I am, however, unwilling to effectuate them, unless sanctioned and encouraged by those for whom he often expressed the highest admiration and respect. Though fearful of obtruding myself upon your notice, I cannot refrain from soliciting your sentiments as to the propriety and...
I had the pleasure of receiving your letter , enclosing your bill in Equity , with the accompanying documents—with which, however, I have not yet had an opportunity to make myself acquainted. I expect to be detained here, until some day next week, and then to set out, with my family, on my return home. I shall pass through Louisa to see my friends there, where it is probable I may be detained...
Where the Fine Arts are Studied or practiced there Should be a Trybunal of Criticism always in Session, before which every new production Should be arraigned and tried; by no other laws however than Truth or Nature, and no other penalty than Reputation in the public Opinion. “Are We not in too great a hurry, in our Zeal for the fine Arts”? This is as noble and beautiful a question, as that of...
I have flattered myself that you would not be disinclined to patronize a Publication of my father’s life and writings. His last years were devoted to your service, and his exertions were, I beleive, rewarded by your friendship as well as by your applauses. Will it be conferring too great a favour to permit the appearances of your name on the page of dedication? And, should you think my...
We beg leave to call your attention to the situation of a worthy family residing near Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania. A Mr. James Baird, (blacksmith) removed some years ago from this neighbourhood to St. Louis, in Upper Louisiana from which place he embarked with a number of others, on a trading voyage to New Spain, leaving behind him his wife and Seven children; On this voyage he...
I have a son, who commenced his naval life, as soon as he was prepared by his education and this I think was in the year, 12. and from the date of his warrant, has been in constant & active Service. He served for more than two years under the command of Capt Jacob Jones, first in the Macedonian, and then on Lake Ontario in the Mohawk. On the return of peace, he returned to the Macedonian, and...
Colo Taylor & myself, equally regret having troubled you with Mr Graham ’s papers, & feel Satisfied that you have expressed no opinion—I expected you would receive many letters in your retirement from those who have your happiness at heart, or wish the Sanction of your name to Support favorite opinions, but I had no idea that your labors were So great; I am only Surprised that you have...
Since I had the honor to submit to your consideration the object to which my recent memoir related, accounts from GBritain & India, the arrival of unprivileged American Vessels with invoices of cotton wool from in our ports and other circumstances have more deeply impressed me with the importance of the Subject. I beg leave to add the enclosed document A as an appendix to the Memoir. A region...
I have received the honour of your letter and I take the liberty to forward you a copy of the catalogue of my books and Maps.—here are the documents You desire to have.   Rapport fait par Courtois , de l’examen des papiers trouvés chez Robespierre & Ses complices, Paris. 1. 8 vo Sewed. coarse paper. $1.75.   Œuvres d’ Archimède , traduites littéralement, avec commentaire par Peyrard ; ouvrage...
What a gratification again have you bestowed upon me in your Letter of Febr. 7th. not never to mention ing the cadeau of which I disposed directly with the next mail, as you intended—and which Shall I doubt not, be highly acceptable to Monticello’s Philosopher. It Seems—I see you in all your grandeur in your Superb castle—and yet the most admirable part was its owner—I Should Saÿ so, as once...
Unexpectedly I found myself once mor honoured with a few lines and well in a Season—in which the Severity of the weather might prevent any other—besides your Ladyship to bestow Similar favours: It cheered indeed my nearly benumbed Spirits; but—what enhanced the value of this gratification—was your courtesy in permitting me the perusal of a gift—intended by the Embassador for his favoured...
Your favor of the 14 th came to hand last night. letters from mr Thweatt and mr Baker of the House of Representatives , and mr Cabell of the Senate (whose attention I had asked to see justice done you) had informed me that the legislature had declined acting on your case, as one which belonged to the courts of justice. my hope had been that they would give to you any right which might have...
I received , duly, your very obliging favour with an accompanying recommendation of the Repository , which I caused to be published in six or seven Newspapers. It was all I could have wished.—I thank you for it most sincerely. It shall be given with a future n o of the Work.— Your life & Portrait are preparing for the second half volume.— M r Madison’s will be given in the 3 d — I should, I...
The enrolment of my name among those of the members of the Columbian Institute is an honor which I recieve with the acknolegements it so justly calls for. I place it to the account of their kindness, and not of any services I can now render them. age and it’s effects forbid me that expectation, and teach me that it is not among the ruins of memory that new materials for science are to be...
The situation that I have been in for some time past has prevented my answering your last letter and making my acknowledgements for your friendly attention to M r Armistead . I have the pleasure to inform you, your application procured M r A. an appointment that if he is prudent will enable him to support his family. A long and intimate acquaintance with you has given me a thorough knowledge...
M r Larkin Towles the bearer of this a Gentleman of respectability who has been living in the Neighbourhood being pleased with the Country returns for the purpose of Moving out in the spring & it being a good oportunity M rs Sthreshly has written to the Ladies to collect & send her out Some Garden Seed Flower Roots & s h rubs & in addition to which will you be good enough to send me some...
Permit me to present to you the Bearer D r Stevenson , a very interesting young gentleman of New York , who is about to embark for Europe but makes a previous visit to the Southward. He has lately returned from Lake Superior & can give you a good account of what he has seen on his Journey, & also of the present state of public sentiment in New York . I hope to receive by his return an...
The enclos’d letters were given me by my friends knowing that it was my intention (before M rs Derby s and my departure for Europe ) to visit you at your seat in Virginia . but circumstances preventing I take the liberty to enclose them to you at the same o time observing that M rs Derby and myself should feel doubly delighted should you feel be inclind to forward us Letters to Boston
Our Society will be highly gratified if you will permit us to insert your name amongst the Members who are desirous of promoting the objects we have in view— RC ( DLC: TJ Papers , 209:37298); undated; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. Recorded in SJL as received 23 Feb. 1817. With this letter Law may have enclosed two works related to the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and...
Your favor of the 17 th came to hand yesterday. I had, two days before, addressed a letter , on the subject of these packages of wine to mr Starke of your office, with whom I had had occasion to exchange a letter in Oct. on another article. I learn from yours now before me , that you had been so kind as to anticipate my request to him, and to forward the cases to mess rs Gibson & Jefferson...
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...
Graüs Ingenium dedit Musa. the Greeks refined and polished every thing. The Competition between Apelles and Protogenes, and its termination in Unchangeable Friendship is one of the most amiable Tales of Antiquity. Yet these keen Greeks must always have something marvellous; Something Supernatural. The Spunge, after all, wrought the miracle. The froth of the exhausted hound could not be hit,...
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...
I have been anxiously waiting, with a hope, that something would be done, by application I have made to different person s through our government, for the relief of my dear husband who is now a prisoner in New-Spain. He went from St. Lewis in the year 1812. I am now, with seven children, living near Pittsburgh, in a condition of mind not to be described. I am informed you have an amiable Lady...
With very peculiar sensibility I avail myself of this last opportunity, to return you my humble & sincere acknowledgments for the honor you have Conferred on me by your selection in the Mission to South America. Born in the land of Freedom, nurtured in the pure theories of Algernon Sidney & Confirmed in the practical School of your illustrious predecessor, yourself & the great Cotemporaneous...
I transmit the Senate a Report of the Secretary of State complying with their Resolution of the 20th instant DNA : RG 59—TP—Territorial Papers.
I Thomas Ramsey Born in Pennsylvania york County, Rased in Kentucky & ohio, now forty years of age, and having the Honor of holding a Commission of Captn. in the U. S,- Rifle Regiment, tho an obscure Individual who is unknown to you,- has been bould a nough to address a man in power, it will Reach you when you are Retiard to private life and where homage will be Rendred to you by those only...
I have the honour to enclose, herewith nominations for the promotions required by the Naval Service of the United States; as also a nomination of the Revd. Cheever Fitch, for confirmation as Chaplain in the Navy, in which station he performed duty during the whole of the late War. I have the honour to be, &c: DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
At the moment when you are about to lay down the power with which the voluntary suffrages of an enlightened country have invested you. and to retire to that peaceful calm, which your devotion to the public service has hitherto denied to you, the General Assembly of Virginia cannot forbear to tender you, in behalf of the good people of your native state, a brief expression of their esteem,...
M r Derby a well known gentleman of Boston , has told me how he desired to pay a visit to Virginia , and to have the honor of being presented to you. Though his known caracter be a competent passport every where, still he is persuaded that decency requires that he be presented by some one of your acquaintances, and wishes me to perform this function. I am very glad to have this occasion of...
The interest you have taken in the manufactures of our Country, has induced me to offer for your examination the scraps of cloth herewith enclosed; they are from peices spun & wove in my own family, and dressed in this neighbourhood by a native born American. Either of the peices would afford a profit at $3 dolls a yard, single width. Let the enemies of American manufactures say what they...
Some time ago you Said you had Some idea of painting your house again, we have now on hand the best English white Lead and Spanish brown ground in oil in quarter kegs, the price will be $4 ½ ⅌ keg for the former and $3 ⅌ keg for the latter, should you want any you can write me, our markets are Steady Flour $14 and dull Tob o from $7. to 12 in demand. RC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ as received 6 5...
I know you will rejoice with me that Mrs. Cranch is again the mother of a daughter. This event happend last Evening. Mrs. Cranch requests you to permit us to name her with your name, not only as a testimony of our gratitude to you r for all your kindness to us and our connections, but as an incentive to the little stranger to in imitate the virtues which she will hear recounted when she shall...
I have the honor to lay before you the following selections for Military appointments viz Claude Crozet to be professor of Engineering at the Military academy. William Tell Paussier, to be assistant Topographical Engineer. I have the honor to be DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
I fear that you must have thought me unmindful of my engagement to forward you a copy of a most curious production, the Century sermon, which I mentioned to you, but on my return I found that the first edition was out of print; a second edition however has been published and I have addressed a copy to you by this mail. With it is a copy of Buckminster’s Sermons, which Mrs. Madison was kind...
Monsieur le Général Lafayette m’avait fait la faveur de me donner une lettre pour me présenter devant vous; le désir de jouir de l’honneur d’approcher de votre personne m’avait fait différer jusqu’ici de vous remettre cette lettre, espérant toujours qu’une occasion heureuse me procurerait cet avantage Si précieux pour moi. Mais de nouveaux ordres éloignant à cet égard mes espérances, je ne...
I wrote on the 9 th instant enclosing you the prospectus it has not yet been returned I have received the 3 rd & 4 th proofs in the due course of the mail from the date of your return i ng them RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL ; with notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “his   9 th
I fear you must have thought me inattentive to your request that I would ascertain the requisitions for admission into the Sophomore and Junior Classes at Harvard University;—I immediately procured a copy of the College Laws, expecting to find the course of Studies prescribed in them but was disappointed; I then applied to Mr A. Norton and Prof. Ware on the subject, and from the former...
Having just closd a Letter to your Sister Buchannan my next is due to you. I am in arrears for a Letter dated in july, as well as for your last favour of December the Eleventh. In reply to your queries respecting mr Adams being designd for the office of Secretary of State, I must confess that I have not any better authority for it than you have, which is the News papers. the Southern papers...
I recd some months ago your letter of the 29th. of March last, with the Books which accompanied it. I delayed an acknowledgmt. of these favors, in the hope that I might find time to look into works, the subjects of which are so well calculated to excite attention. In this hope I have been disappointed, by a crowd of public occupations greater than was foreseen. And as the epoch approaches,...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to D r Mitchell for the print of Asiatic antiquities he has been so kind as to send him, which, however unintelligible to him, is still a curiosity. he is happy in the occasion it has presented of a mutual recognition of former fellowship in service, and of renewing to him the assurance of his constant esteem & respect. RC (Christie’s, New York City, 1992);...
In Compliance with your request, we have transmitted to the manager of the Boston Glass manufactory , the order you favor’d us with, under date the 9 th Inst, for One Hundred and ten panes of best quality Window Glass, which we have requested to be pack’d with special Care, in order to ensure its safe transportation— On its arrival here, we shall deliver it to your Correspondent M r Gibson ,...
A letter just recieved from mr Theus Collector of Charleston informs me he had forwarded to Norfolk two cases of wine addressed to your care. they contain 83. bottles of Florence wine. I do not know what duties or expences they may come charged with to your hands; but if you will have the goodness to forward them to mess rs Gibson & Jefferson my correspondents at Richmond , and to draw on them...
I recieved yesterday only your favor of Jan. 22 . and two days before had written a letter on the subject of the wine mentioned in your letter addressed to ‘The Collector for the district of Charleston .’ after so long a retirement from the knolege of what is passing, I did not know who might be now in office there. your letter was therefore the more acceptable as evidence that you were still...
Mrs A.A had the kindness to Send me inclosed N o of the Month Rep—to convey it, after its perusal, to Monticello . I expect, it is the only one on our continent. That excellent Lady received it from her Son at the court of St. James . Although I regret, that there has not been complied with my injunctions—Still I rejoyce at the publication, and can find reasons to palliate this appearing...
we have postponed the Consideration of the turnp i ke Contemplated from Rockfish Gap to Lewis’ ferry . my Colleague proposed to turn pike each road to the River to this I objected & prefered postponing I have been Some embarrassed in this Case on Acc t of So many applications. we Shall be up tomorrow RC ( DLC ); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Montecello”; franked; postmarked Richmond , 20...
I take pleasure in communicating to you the fate of the Bill incorporating a Company to Turnpike the Road from Rock Fish Gap to Moore’s Ford , A motion was made by M r Thweatt this morning to postpone it indefinitely which succeeded, a similar motion was made by me some days since but was lost by a small majority Be pleased Sir, to present my affectionate regards to M rs R — & family— & be...
The Bill respecting the Turnpike from Rockfish Gap was this day postponed indefinitely in the House of Delegates . Col: yancey , as I am informed by M r Thweat , did every thing in his power to push the Bill thro’ the House , after having consented to lay it on the table for the Balance of the session. The Bill for calling taking the sense of the people as to the expediency of calling a...
There are so many motives for visiting Monticello , that it is no wonder all are ambitious to do so. M r Derby , a gentleman of Boston and greatly in esteem among those who have the pleasure of his acquaintance, desires to pay his respects to you, and I know how largely I shall promote his gratification in thus affording him an opportunity. Inducements more than common, operate with M r Derby...