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The Report of which the inclosed is an authentic copy having been made to the House of Representatives, it is possible that the Executive may not have been furnished with it by the Senators of this State. I take the liberty therefore of forwarding it and am with the highest respect & esteem Your most Obedt. hble servant RC and enclosures ( Vi : Executive Papers). The enclosures are clerks’...
It was fortunate that a duplicate of your letter to Mr. Jefferson went so soon from Alexandria. The copy in My hands did not find a conveyance fit to be trusted for a very long time—it cannot have reached him yet. I was determined to await a secure opportunity, and the intermission of the French Packet left such an one extremely rare. I was compelled at last to put it into the hands of a...
[ Philadelphia, August 22, 1792. On September 10, 1792, Lee wrote to Hamilton : “I found on my return from a visit … your letter of the 22d. Ult.” Letter not found. ] From 1792 to 1794 Lee was governor of Virginia.
In answer to your enquiry Concerning the Land I Sold to you, last year, I can inform you from my own Knowledge. It is part of the great dismal Swamp, about Miles from Norfolk Convenient to the Canal now Cutting, its soil extremely rich Covered with Cypress & Juniper, the under growth Cane &c. I am sir Yrs &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
There is something about our friend Smith that perplexes and distresses me. I cannot suppose any thing wrong yet it is certain that he has done nothing but paint black from the beginning. However the force of Maryland may be suffered to melt away it is a consolation that a sufficient force will be had elsewhere. Smith is mistaken when he supposes Pensylvania will do nothing. She has now on the...
I have been duly honored with your favor of May 8. covering the letter of Mr. Newton, and that of May 13. with the letter of the British consul at Norfolk and the information of Henry Tucker, all of which have been laid before the President. The putting the several harbours of the US. into a state of defence having never yet been the subject of deliberation and decision with the legislature,...
Unfortunate and melancholy as the event is, which has given rise to your communication of the instant, I sincerely thank you for it. Since the receipt of your letter official account of the defeat is come to hand, and is herewith enclosed. As the whole of it went to Congress, it was thought best to expunge no part of that which should be given to the public; otherwise the throwing away of...
It has been communicated to me that the Commonwealth of Virginia, by an act not long since passed, authorized the reissuing of Certain Certificates which had been redeemed by the operations of the Sinking Fund of that Commonwealth and that there is every probability that the certificates so reissued, or a considerable part of them, have been subscribed to the loan payable in the Debt of the...
I have received your’s of the 22d Dec, and am sincerely sorry that I cannot be as instrumental on the occasion stated in it as My respect for the wishes of the Mr. Marshall’s and particularly for your’s, by which they are seconded, would make me anxious to be. The truth is I am not on any footing of personal acquaintance with Mr. Hammond which would justify me in asking the favor of him in his...
In place of The Secretary at War, who is absent, I am instructed by The President to signify to you his wish and request that you will come forth in the command of the Militia, which is to be detached from Virginia against the Insurgents in the Western parts of Pensylvania; in which case You will have the command of the whole force that may be employed upon that Enterprise. The President...
Your favor of March 6 . came duly to hand with the papers it inclosed, as also duplicates of the same by a later occasion . I entered on the business you were pleased to confide to me with all the zeal which a desire to be useful to you could inspire. My hopes however neither were nor are equal to my wishes for success. I had before had occasion to try the dispositions of this country towards...
Letter not found. 8 January 1792. Acknowledged in Lee to JM, 17 Jan. 1792 . Discusses pending legislation in Congress related to the debt funding system.
[ Philadelphia, August 25, 1794. On September 2, 1794, Lee wrote to Hamilton : “I am extremely chagrined on finding from your private letter accompanying your public letter [of August 25, 1794] that the intended secrecy is entirely baffled.” Private letter not found. ] On August 26, 1794, George Washington wrote to Lee: “.… I shall refer you to letters from the War office, and to a private one...
[ Philadelphia, June 17, 1794. On the back of a letter which Lee wrote to Hamilton on March 6, 1794 , Hamilton wrote: “Answered June 17th.” Letter not found. ]
On receipt of the letter with which you were pleased to honor me on the subject of the unsettled boundary between Virginia and the SouthWestern territory, I laid it before the President, who communicated it to Congress. A committee was thereupon appointed by the house of representatives who reported a proposition for authorising the President with the concurrence of the states of Virginia and...
Memorandum for Govr Lee. G. Washington is one of a Company who took up, in or about the year 1762, all the ungranted land lying in the Great dismal Swamp; in the vicinity of Norfolk, Portsmouth & Suffolk; and holds two twenty one parts of the Interest therein. Forty thousand Acres of the interior and richest part of this Swamp has been (as the Subscriber is informed) patented in the names of...
I should have thanked you at an earlier period for your obliging letter of the 14th ulto, had it not come to my hands a day or two only before I set out for Mount Vernon; and at a time when I was much hurried, and indeed very much perplexed with the disputes, Memorials and what not, with which the Government were pestered by one or other of the petulant representatives of the Powers at War....
Your letter of the 26th Ulo has been received, & nothing from you since; which is embarrassing to me in the extreme; for not only the nomination of Ch——f J——but an As——te J——dge and Se——y of W—— are depending upon the answer I expected. And what renders the want of it more unfortunate, if any thing can add to my present perplexity on the occasion is, that the first Monday in next month which...
At the sametime that I address the letter which accompanies this to you, officially, permit me to offer my sincere congratulations on your Appointment to the Government of Virginia, and to add my best wishes for the prosperous Administration of the important Office which you now fill, as well as for your personal happiness. An anxiety to do well, which is inseperable from high Offices,...
[ Philadelphia, August 21, 1794. “In the absence of The Secretary at War, I have the honor to acknowledge the Receipt of your letter to him of the 13th instant. The contents of it are such as were expected from your patriotism, from the steady zeal you have manifested for the support of the Government of the Union, and from the Chief Magistrate of a State, where the laws resisted are executed...
Letter not found. 1 March 1790. Acknowledged in Lee to JM, 13 Mar. 1790 . Probably relates to the defeat of JM’s discrimination amendment, the assumption debate, and Lee’s Potomac land speculation.
I am honored with your favor of the 3d. instant, and would have been happy to be useful to Mr. Lee had there been any opening, as I should be hereafter were any to occur. There are no offices in my gift but of meer scribes in the office room at 800. and 500. Dollars a year. These I found all filled and of long possession in the hands of those who held them, and I thought it would not be just...
Your letter of the 20th Ulto was presented to me yesterday by Mr Williams—who as a professional man—may, or may not be for ought I know, a luminary of the first magnitude. But to be frank, and I hope you will not be displeased with me for being so—I am so heartily tired of the attendance which from one cause or another has been given ⟨to⟩ these kind of people, that it is now more than two...
If it has not been already done, I beg leave to recommend, that the routes of the troops under your command back to their respective homes and the place of discharge be immediately fixed and notified to the heads of the respective Staff Departments; in order that the requisite provision of every kind may be timely made. I will also thank you for a correspondent communication to me that the...
Your favor of the 17th cam<e> duly to hand, and I thank you for its communications. As the Insurgents in the western counties of this State are resolved (as far as we have yet been able to learn from the Commissioners, who have been sent amongst them) to persevere in their rebellious conduct until what they call the Excise law is repealed; and Acts of oblivion & amnesty are passed; it gives me...
Letter not found. 11 April 1792. Acknowledged in Lee to JM, 18 Apr. 1792 . Reports Washington’s decision to appoint General Wayne as commander of the frontier army.
I was honored in due time with your favor of June 16. on the subject of an infectious disease supposed to be prevailing in the Windward islands, and the precautions necessary to be taken on our part. The absence of the President prevented it’s being immediately laid before him. That has been now done, and it is thought that no provision on the subject has been made by the laws of the general...
I was favored with your letter of the 26th instt enclosing one from Arthur Campbell Esqr—For the perusal of which I thank you. The information contained in it is extremely agreeable for it has brought the supposed dead to life, and a valuable man back to his Country again. I congratulate you on your return to Richmond in good health. In a few days I shall commence my journey for Philadelphia....
I have already acquainted you with the nominations of the President for General Officers. They have all been confirmed by the Senate except Wilkinson who I am told will be tomorrow. The Commander in chief it is said went through the Senate rather against the bristles. The appointment is well relished of course by some, but does not escape already considerable criticism. I am glad to find by...
I should much sooner have answered your favor of the 15th . of May on the subject of a Mace, by sending you the inclosed design of Dr. Thornton, whose taste and imagination are both good: but that I have not myself been satisfied with the introduction of the rattlesnake into the design. There is in Man as well as brutes, an antipathy to the snake, which renders it a disgusting object wherever...