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Captain Nathaniel Falconer of this City, one of your Excellency’s best friends, has requested me to write to you, and to entreat Your Excellency’s Support of an application he has made to the President, for an Appointment in the Customs at Philadelphia; which may not interfere with any person now in Office—Captain Falconer has a just claim to the attention of Government: He was with the first...
Philadelphia, November 27, 1789. “… the Comptroller General of this State hath made considerable Progress in the Statement of the public Debts of Pennsylvania … and I … will … transmit to you in four weeks from this Date all the Information required.…” Hazard, Pennsylvania Archives , XI Samuel Hazard, ed., Pennsylvania Archives (Philadelphia, 1855). , 641. This letter is in reply to “Treasury...
[ New York, December 28, 1789. On December 31, 1789, Hamilton wrote to Mifflin : “I have the honor of your letter of the 28th instant.” Letter not found. ]
Philadelphia, January 26, 1790. Encloses a statement of Pennsylvania’s public debt. States that a supplementary statement of the United States securities in the state treasury will be transmitted in the near future. Hazard, Pennsylvania Archives , XI Samuel Hazard, ed., Pennsylvania Archives (Philadelphia, 1855). , 663. This letter is in reply to “Treasury Department Circular to the Governors...
I have the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency a Letter which has been addressed to the Executive of this State by several very respectable Inhabitants of the County of Washington in Pennsylvania; in which they represent “that many mischiefs have taken place in that County for several years past from the hostile incursions of the Indians, and that from the present aspect of Indian affairs...
Philadelphia, January 18, 1791. “In compliance with your request, I have directed the Comptroller General to make out a statement of the Sums in final Certificates, which were paid over to this State, by the Agents for settling the Accounts of the Pennsylvania line, in the late Army.… As soon as the Comptroller has compleated the enquiry,… I will chearfully transmit the result.…” LC , Division...
On the 28th. of Augt. 1788, the late Board of Treasury of the U.S. under the authority of a Resolution of Congress accepted the proposals which were made to them, on the 7th. of July preceding, by the Delegates in Congress from Pennsylvania on behalf of this State, for the purchase of a tract of Land, belonging to the U.S., contained in the interval betwixt a Meridian Line, run between Lake...
Inclosed I transmit a copy of a letter from the Register General of Pennsylvania, proposing an arrangement relative to the subscription of the State Certificates to the loan of the United States; in which, as it will expedite the business, and furnish the proper checks to the State Officer, I hope it will not be inconvenient to acquiesce at the Treasury of the Union. I am, Sir   Your most obed...
Philadelphia, July 8, 1791. “Upon the receipt of your circular Letter, of the twenty seventh Ultimo, I directed the Comptroller General of this State, to furnish me with the information which you requested; and I have now inclosed his answer upon the subject.…” LC , Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg. On July 1, 1791, Alexander J. Dallas,...
I think it proper to lay before you, copies of the various documents respecting an application, which I have recently made to the Governor of Virginia, requiring, agreeably to the provision contained in the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution of the United States, that he would take proper measures for apprehending Francis McGuire, Absalom Wells, and Baldwin Parsons, as...
Philadelphia, 21 September 1791. Transmits an exemplified copy of an act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania entitled “An Act ratifying, on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania, the first amendment proposed by Congress to the Constitution of the United States.” Copy, DNA : RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages. On 2...
Upon receiving information, that a difference of sentiment had arisen between the Comptroller of the Treasury of the U.S. and the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania, as to the mode of paying for the tract of Land on Lake Erie, agreably to the terms of the Contract, I referred the subject to the Attorney General of this Commonwealth; and I have now the honor of transmitting to you a copy of...
The Register General of Pennsylvania, conceiving, that the possession of an accurate list of the State Debt subscribed to the Loan of the United States, would be a considerable improvement to the arrangement of the public accounts in his office has made a request upon the subject, which I beg leave to submit to your consideration; with a view that, if it will not be improper or inconvenient,...
It gave me great pleasure to receive the report of the Comptroller General of this State, upon the Business of the Lake Erie purchase; from which it appears, that the Comptroller General of the United States has concurred with him, in fixing the Consideration money of that purchase at 151, 640²⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dollars, and in the mode of payment. I have, therefore, referred the papers to the Attorney...
I have the honor to transmit to you copies of the documents respecting a contract which was made between the State of Pennsylvania and the late Board of Treasury of the United States, for the purchase of a certain tract of land, bounding on lake Erie; a report from the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania exhibiting the amount of the consideration money, as settled by him and the Comptroller of...
In order to enable me to answer your letter of the 21st instant, I directed the Comptroller general to furnish me with the necessary information upon the subject of your inquiry; and you will now receive an extract from his report. But as this may not be deemed satisfactory, I have given that Officer instructions to confer with you upon the subject; and, I hope, that after a full and candid...
I have the honor to enclose for your information a copy of a second memorial, which has been transmitted to me by the inhabitants of the frontier counties of Pennsylvania. In my communication to the legislature upon this subject, I have suggested the propriety of furnishing the militia with an immediate supply of arms and ammunition; and my instructions to the lieutenants of the several...
By a late act of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, provision is made, among other things, for paying the nominal amount of the State Certificates, which are subscribable to the loan, proposed by Congress to the State Creditors, “upon this condition, and not otherwise, that the State Creditors subscribe to that loan, and thereupon, on or before the 1st day of July next , transfer to the...
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s letter, inclosing a copy of a Proclamation, that you have issued, in consequence of certain irregular and refractory proceedings, which have taken place, in particular parts of some of the States, contravening the laws for raising a revenue upon Spirits, distilled within The United States: And it affords me the sincerest...
I trouble you with a copy of a letter, which I have received from the Counsel employed to support the interest of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in an Ejectment depending for the recovery of certain lands, the title deeds of which are, it seems, in the hands of the British Government, but, upon proper application, may be procured. Permit me, therefore, Sir, to request, that a letter may be...
Philadelphia, 13 Dec. 1792. Writes that he cannot dine with GW, “agreeably to Invitation,” because he must remain “at Home this Afternoon to receive a Committee of the Legislature of the State.” ALS , NNGL .
In a letter dated the twenty fourth instant the Secretary at War has signified your Excellencys request that I would take such measures with the frontier Citizens of Pennsylvania as should in my judgment be most effectual to prevent any hostile incursions into, or near the Indian Country north of the Ohio, until the treaty proposed to be held at lower sandusky about the first day of June shall...
I have the honour to inclose for your Excellency’s information, a copy of a Proclamation, which I have issued, respecting the proposed Treaty to be held with the hostile Indians at Lower Sandusky; a copy of a Circular letter, which I have written, upon the same subject, to the Judiciary and Militia Officers of the Western frontier counties of Pennsylvania; and a copy of a Proclamation, which I...
The Secretary at War, in a letter dated the 23d instant, represents, that you confide to me, the charge of interposing in all cases of hostility committed between the belligerent parties, within the protection of this State; and signifies your desire, that I should, with the aid of the Militia, detain the parties first aggressing, until I can communicate the case to you, with the evidences in...
The Master Warden of the Port of Philda, having informed me, that the Brigantine Little Sarah, Prize to the Frigate L’Embuscade, is fitting out as a Privateer, I have the honor to submit to your Excellency a copy of his letter, that you may direct such measures to be pursued, as the occasion shall be thought to require. I am, with perfect respect, Sir, Yr Excy’s most obedt &c. Df , PHarH :...
In compliance with your request, expressed, this day in a letter from the Secretary at War, I shall, with the utmost dispatch, ascertain, and communicate to your Excellency, the state of the Little Sarah, as an armed vessel, when she entered this port as a prize to the Ambuscade; her present situation; and the changes which she has undergone since her arrival, with respect to herself, or to...
The Secretary at War having stated in a letter of yesterday’s date, that he was commanded by you, to request me to order a party of the Militia on board the ship William, now in this port as a prize to the French Privateer, Citizen Genet, for the purpose of keeping her in safe custody, until you have decided upon an allegation, that the ship was captured within the limits of the protection of...
Inclosed I have the honor to submit to your Excellency’s consideration, a copy of a letter from the Counsul of the French Republic, stating the arrival of an English armed vessel at Mud Fort, and requesting, either that she may be prevented from entering the harbour, or directed to withdraw in case she should enter it; a copy of the report made by the Master Warden respecting the vessel in...
In consequence of the request contained in a letter from the Secretary at War , I instituted an enquiry, respecting the equipment of the Little Sarah, as an armed vessel, in this Port; and as she will probably sail this day, I am anxious to receive a communication from the officers of the Federal Government on the Subject. I have dispatched a messenger to Genl. Knox, requesting an interview;...
Agreeably to your instructions contained in a letter from the Secretary at War, of the 24th of May last, it may be proper to state, particularly, the proceedings in the case of the Little Sarah, the prize to L’Embuscade, supposed to be equipped and manned in this Port, as a Privateer. Having instructed the Board of Wardens to be attentive to any appearance of a practice of this kind, the...
In consequence of some reports, respecting the equipments of the English Letter of Marque, the Jane, I thought there was reason to suspect that she was fitting out as a Cruiser; and, therefore, I directed the Master Warden to renew his enquiries upon the subject. His report, and the paper mentioned in it I have now the honor to transmit for your consideration. I take this opportunity,...
Inclosed I transmit to your Excellency, a copy of a letter which I have recd from the Master Warden of the Port, relative to the equipment of the Ship Jane. From this representation, it appears, that in conformity to the Treaty of Amity & Commerce with France, and your instructions of the 23 & 24 of May last, the vessel ought to be detained; and, therefore, unless you are pleased otherwise to...
In order to enable me to communicate to the Legislature of this State, at their next session in August, a complete statement of the Public Finances, I find it necessary to request, that you will decide upon the question, whether the New loan Certificates of Pennsylvania, are within the assumption of the Act of Congress. If the Certificates are within the assumption, the State will be entitled...
It has been intimated to me, that the Jane will, probably, sail during the ensuing night; and, therefore, I think it proper to remind your Excellency, that I have issued express orders for detaining her at Mud-Island, in consequence of the information that has been given respecting her warlike equipments, and of your instructions dated the 23d & 24th of May last. The present communication I...
The Commanding Officer at Mud Island, has reported to me that the following vessels have been stopped and detained, in pursuance of my orders. 1. The Brig Gayoso, commanded by Jas Graisbury, bound from Phil: to New Orleans, a prize to the Little Democrat; but originally owned by Reede and Forde, of Phila. 2. The Brig Pilgrim of Philadelphia, Capt. Benj: Earl, a Prize to the Little Democrat;...
In consequence of the letter, which I addressed to the French Consul, respecting the Privateer, Citizen Genet and communicated to the Secretary at war, for your information on the 17th instant, I have recd two answers, copies of which I have the honor to lay before you. The allegations that were made of an extreme want of provision, on board that vessel, of her Leakage, and of the general bad...
Since the communication, which I made to you this morning, relatively to the Trunk of Dollars, deposited on board a Pilot boat, by the Little Democrat, and alleged to have been taken from the Dairy Maid, after her capture, I have received two Affidavits, of which I transmit copies for your information. As the Captain of the Pilot-boat states, that the Trunk is consigned to Mr Genet, the...
It has just been reported to me that the Schooner Jane, Benjamin Stammers Master—a prize to the Little Democrat was yesterday stopp’d at Mud-island; where she will be detained till your instructions are received for restoring her to the owners at the time of her capture. I am with perfect respect Sir Your most obedient Servant LS , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; Df , PHarH : Executive...
Philadelphia, August 20, 1793. “As the legislature of this State will assemble in the course of the ensuing week, it is of some importance that I should receive an early answer to my letter of the 29th ulto.…” LS , Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, LC , Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Inclosed I transmit, for your information, copies of a letter to the French Consul, informing him of the necessity of the departure of the Citizen Genet within 24 hours; of a letter intimating to him agreably to your desire, that she would be allowed to repair as a merchantman, on condition of dismissing her arms & other military equipments, and of his answer, just received, upon these...
I have the honor to transmit, for your information, a copy of the Requisition, which was made for the departure of the Citizen Genet; and of my instructions to the Officer Commanding at Mud-Island, relative to the conduct to be pursued, in consequence of the Attachment issued, under the civil authority, against that Vessel; which has since been taken into the possession of the Marshall and...
Inclosed I have the honor to transmit to you several documents, respecting the Case of the Spry Sloop; which, in consequence of perfect satisfaction being received, that she would not prosecute her equipments as a vessel of war, I have discharged from arrest. I am, with perfect respect, Sir Your most obedt Hble Serv. Df , PHarH : Executive Correspondence, 1790–99; LB , PHarH : Executive...
I have the honor to lay before you, copies of several letters, which I have recd from the French Consul, respecting the approach of a very considerable body of armed Deserters, from the French Ships of War, now lying at New York and expressing his solicitude to obtain the aid of the Militia, in executing a Warrant, which the Chief Justice has issued, for apprehending them. With that view, as...
I received your Excellency’s communication, respecting the unfavorable issue of the negotiations for peace with the hostile Indians, in a letter from the Secretary at War, of the 3d instant; and I have the honor to transmit, for your information, a copy of the orders, which I have given to the Adjutant General, for providing effectually for the protection of the Frontier of this State. As I do...
As the period prescribed for the next session of Congress, approaches, I was solicitious to ascertain, whether the accomodations, directed to be prepared for that body, by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, would be compleated in due season: and I have the pleasure to communicate to you the answer of the Commissioners in the affirmative. I am, with perfect respect Sir Your mo: obedt Servt LS ,...
In consequence of a letter from the Secretary at War, stating the suggestion of the French Minister, relative to the design of the Refugees, who, according to his information, were about to embark from this Port for Jeremie, or Cape St Nichola Mole, in the Ship Delaware, and the Goillette Betsey; I have instituted an enquiry on the subject; the result of which I have now the honor to...
In consequence of the information, which you gave me, relative to the imprisonment and detention of the French sailors, in the Gaol of Philadelphia, I have written to the Chief Justice of this State, and the Minister of France; copies of which are inclosed. As soon as answers are received, they shall, likewise, be communicated. I am, with great esteem, Sir, Your most obedt Servt. RC ( MH :...
I think it proper to communicate to you, the answer which I have received to the letter, that I addressed to the French Minister, relative to the case of the French Sailors that are confined in the Jail of Philadelphia, particularly as it contains a request, which I do not, at this time, think myself authorised to grant. I shall be happy, however, to know the sentiments of the General...
Inclosed I have the honor to communicate to you, copies of a letter, which I have received from Mr Cassan, the Vice-Consul of the French Republic, and of the answer which I have transmitted to him, relatively to the intended departure of the Brigantine Peggy for the Mole and Jeremie. The sentiments, which I have expressed on this occasion, are in conformity to those that were lately...
I have the honor, by the inclosed copies, to communicate to you, a second letter, dated the 30 instant, which M. Cassan the Vice-Consul of the French Republic has addressed to me, relatively to the intended departure of the Brigantine Peggy, as he supposes, for the Mole and St Jeremie; and ⟨my⟩ answer to him on the subject. This opportunity is, likewise, taken, to lay before you, a copy of the...