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Wilson’s attack on Franklin in 1773, in Observations upon Lightning , had produced a rebuttal from William Henly before the Royal Society. Wilson counterattacked and, when the Society declined to publish his paper, printed it as a second pamphlet, Further Observations upon Lightning; Together with Some Experiments … (London, 1774). He sent Franklin a presentation copy, dated on the title page...
AD : Library of Congress On January 29 Chatham left with Franklin the conciliatory plan that he introduced as a bill in the House of Lords three days later, and the American studied and copied it. At the end of his copy is the following memorandum on the rejection of the bill. The above Plan was offered by the Earl of Chatham to the House of Lords, on Wednesday Feb. 1. 1775, under the Title of...
MS notations in the margins of a copy in the Library of Congress of [Josiah Tucker,] A Series of Answers to Certain Popular Objections, against Separating from the Rebellious Colonies, and Discarding Them Entirely; Being the Concluding Tract of the Dean of Gloucester, on the Subject of American Affairs (Gloucester, 1776). These are the first marginalia by Franklin that deserve extensive...
Reprinted from Samuel Hazard, ed., Hazard’s Register of Pennsylvania ... (16 vols., Philadelphia, [1828–35]), VI , 37. We are extremely skeptical about both these extracts. The date of the first is certainly wrong, because Hodge was not arrested until August 11. Although Hayfield Conyngham, Gustavus’ cousin, may have received advice from Franklin, we have no other evidence of contact between...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I feel myself much disappointed in not having found you in Paris, as I had expected. Business, which brought me hither, renders it impossible for me to call on you at present. If I can steal a few hours before my return, I shall with pleasure wait on you. Our friend Dr. Priestley was so obliging as to recommend me to you. I send you his letter with his two...
AD : American Philosophical Society This is a rare example of Franklin’s thinking on paper for his eye alone. Some of the notes are now beyond understanding and the meaning of others can only be conjectured; but what he is thinking about is clear: how to answer Izard’s letters above of January 28 and 30. All of his few identifiable references, down to the word “Personals,” are to the first...
ALS (draft): American Philosophical Society I did truly tell Capt. Hickey as you mention that I had never given Mr. Parsons the least Encouragement to go to America. Your good Opinion of your Husband, which is very natural and laudable, induces you to think there is some Mistake in this, and you express your Doubt in these Words, “ If IN REALITY he has never had any Countenance from you ,” &c....
AL (draft): American Philosophical Society Wherever it is in my Power, I should certainly pay the greatest Respect to the Recommendation of Madame de la Fayette, but it is absolutely impossible for me to do what is desired for this M. Rolandeau. He was an Officer in the American Service; he left his Regiment without Leave and came to France. If he would return there it should therefore be at...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Mon Illustre Docteur J’espere que votre goutte est dissipée je le souhaite beaucoup au moins et que nous ayons le plaisir de vous voir demain un mot seulement pour que je puisse compter sur le plaisir de vous avoir ainsi que Monsieur votre petit fils adieu Mon Illustre Docteur on ne peut vous etre plus passionnément attaché que je vous le suis pour la vie...
AL : American Philosophical Society Dr. Bancroft presents his most respectful Compliments to Dr Franklin & sends him inclosed the desired Passport. Addressed: To the Hon’ble / Dr. Franklin / Passy On March 24, a Wednesday, BF had issued an American passport for the vessel London Packet . See Bancroft’s letters to WTF , one of March 20 and the second printed under March 21. The present letter...
AL (draft): University College, London C Afran This book (if ever it should reach your hands) was written for the use of leading men: nor to any but leading men has it been sent. As such a copy of it comes to you. My notion of you is such that if there be any thing good in it, you will not fail making a good use of it for the benefit of those for whom you act. If at this or any more distant...
Reflections on the Slavery of the Negroes by Mr. Schwartz, praetor of the holy gospel at Brienne, Member of the Economical society of B—— Epistle dedicatory to the Negro slaves. Tho’ not of your colour, my friends, I have ever considered you as my brethren. Nature has endowed you with the same genius, the same judgment, the same virtues as the Whites. I mean the Whites of Europe, for I would...
LS : American Philosophical Society La Société Royale de Medecine m’a chargé de vous adresser un certain nombre des Pieces qui ont été distribuées dans sa derniere séance publique, avec un Rapport concernant les sepultures de l’Ile de Malthe, et imprimé aux fraix de L’Ordre. S’il vous est possible de faire parvenir quelques-unes de ces Pieces en Amérique, Nous vous en aurons beaucoup...
Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin … (3 vols., 4to, London, 1817–18), III , 308–9. It is now more than 170 years since the translation of our common English Bible. The language in that time is much changed, and the stile being obsolete, and thence less agreeable, is perhaps one reason why the reading of that excellent book is of...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mon papa lon ma priée de vous demander, si les papiers que je vous envoyes ont quelque valeur, si la personne a qui ils appartiennent peut esperer en tirer quelque argent, et sil ne faut pas ladresser a Mr Jay. Je vous presente mon papa, mes civilites, et amities et mes compliments a Mr votre petit fils. The Brillons’ former governess: XXVIII , 8n. Dated on...
AD : Bibliothèque nationale M. Holcker a appris du docteur francklin qu’une petite cuiellerée à café de quinquinà jettée dans le fond d’un goblet où l’on verse un peu de lait pour Les bien meler ensemble, ensuitte remplissant le reste du goblet avec du lait, et en avalant un verre le matin à jeune, un autre en se mettant à table pour dinner, et un troisieme en se couchant, que çest un...
1) Dr. Pierre Van Cortlandt Cr. £     1784 Feby To this sum due for the Clerkship of his son P. V. Cortlandt commenced 150     Dr. Jacob LeRoy & Sons Cr. 1784 To this sum due for the Clerkship of his son Jas. LeRoy commenced this day 150     this sum given up as Mr. LeRoy did not continue his Clerkship 150     May To opinion given in the case of Kelly & Lot 1.10.0 
I arrived My Dear Betsey at this place yesterday Evening not so much fatigued as I expected to have been but with my Cold somewhat increased. I am however better to day and hope to finish my business so as to return on Thursday. If a Vessel offers at the time and a fair wind I may take that mode of conveyance. I hope you have been attentive to your medicine. Remember Mrs. Powel on the...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mde. Duboccage rend mille tres humbles graces a Mr. franklin; la Vision de Colomb donne une champ bien vaste a l’imagination du poëte et l’ange avoit Sans doute prévu qu’il naîtroit un législateur tel que le tres docte franklin pour donner la liberté, de bonnes loix et Beaucoup de gloire a son païs. Mde. Duboccage ne renvoie point l’imprimé en cas qu’elle...
AL (draft): Library of Congress Mr Franklin presents his respectful Compliments to Madame Bertine, and acquaints her that he long since gave the Recommendatory Letter and Passport desired, to the Portuguese Ambassador, who had before demanded the same thing: and that the Letter receiv’d thro’ her hands from M. le Baron de Jumilhac shall be duly attended to. He begs leave to assure M. Bertin of...
Je recois Mr. la lettre que vous vous etes donné la peine de m’ecrire pour me demander ma protection auprès de M———. Ma protection ne vous serviroit à rien, car quoique je sois ———. je ne le vois que très rarement, parceque je ——— et d’ailleurs je ne fais jamais demande ni de recommendation à M———. Trouvez donc bon Monsr. que je me dispense d’une pareille demarche qui seroit une indiscretion...
Comparative view of France and the British islands in Europe. France. British islands. Extent. 150,000 square miles 104,000 square miles. Souls 17,000,000.   5¾ acres to each person 6¾ acres to each person. Ecclesiastics 500,000. Paris 600,000. London. 1,000,000. Rental 52,800,000  32,000,000. Plate, jewels &c. 52,500,000  20,000,000
leagues From Post Vincennes to the mouth of the Wabash is called  60 From do. to Tomhoute (no rapids and a good navigation) 40. From Tomhoute (or Terrehoute) to Vermillion river on the North side. (the navigation as good as before) 20. To the Weeha (the navigation is still better) 20. To the river and town Ibossicanoes on the N. side. (the navigation is excellent  6. To la Vache qui pisse...
§ From George Washington. Ca. 1789–1796. Three notes requesting consultation with JM on unspecified matters: “Thursday, 9 oclk. “If you could make it convenient to call here before you go to the House, you would oblige me. I want to have some conversation with you on two or three matters. Yrs Affectly.” “Sunday ½ past 7 oclk. “If you have leisure to give the enclosed a reading, and me an...
[ 1789–1795 .] Encloses the decision of the Federal District Court of Connecticut on the petition of Captain Timothy Savage. Suspects Savage of intent to defraud. LS , Yale University Library. The MS is a fragment without date or place.
Mr. Hamilton will with pleasure execute the command of the President by the time appointed and have the honor of waiting upon him. AL , Photostat, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Mr Hamilton will with pleasure execute the command of the President by the time appointed and have the honor of waiting upon him. AL , CtY .
Mr. Silvester presents his most respectful compliments to the Vice President and acknowledges the receipt of his kind Invitation to dine with him on Fryday next But begs he would be so kind as to excuse him as Silvester is holding himself ready to return home as soon as he can consistantly after Thursday next— MHi : Adams-Hull Collection.
29Memorandum, 1789 (Adams Papers)
President. Vice-President. Mr. Langdon 1. Mr. Dalton & Lady 2 Mr. Wingate 1. Mr. Strong 1 Mr. Johnson & Lady 2 Mr. Elmer 1 Mr. Elsworth 1 Mr. Patterson 1 Mr. Morris 1
Mr. Burke presents his Compliments to the Vice=President and is sorry he cannot do himself the honor of dining with him, having been previously engaged— MHi : Adams-Hull Collection.
Mr. Clymer’s respectful compliments to the Vice president is sorry he cannot have the honor of dining with him on Thursday being engaged on that day— MHi : Adams-Hull Collection.
[ Boston, 1789. ] Discusses the difficulty of distinguishing between goods on which duties have been paid and those on which they have not been paid. Proposes a system of branding casks, chests, and boxes, and marking bales to prevent smuggling. LC , RG 36, Letters from the Treasury and Others, 1789–1818, Vol. 11, National Archives.
33Tax Assessment, 1789 (Hamilton Papers)
New York, 1789. Hamilton’s house at 58 Wall Street was assessed at £1,200 and his personal property at £750. Tax Assessment Record for New York City (Manhattan), Municipal Reference Library, New York City. For background to this document, see “Conveyance from James Barclay and Others,” September 17, 1785 (printed in this volume). New York currency.
AD , DLC:GW . For background to this document, see Farm Reports, 6–12 Dec. 1789, source note . A balk is a ridge or strip of ground left unplowed as a boundary between two furrows. Root of scarcity ( Beta vulgaris or mangel-wurzel) is a coarse beet grown primarily as cattle fodder. For additional information on GW’s cultivation of this plant, see Diaries Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds....
The Petition of The Subscribers, pensioners According to Act of Congress of 7th June 1785 in consequence of wounds and disabilities incurred in the service of the United States during the late war with Great Britain, Most respectfully sheweth, That your Petitioners have found that the legislature of the Union at their last session have made a temporary continuation for one year of the pension...
Permit one of the lowest of the people to approach you with every sentiment of Gratitude and Respect which has been, or can be expressed by any individual, or collective Body in the Union. Likewise to intrude upon your patience with a request, which if inconsistent with your inclination to admit, must rely on your well-known candour to pardon the impertinent intrusion. I am a person Sir of a...
Extracted from the Report of the Proceedings of the Commissioners, appointed to Treat with the Southern Indians. Cherokees In a talk sent by Bennet Bellew & Nohtowaky on the 13th of Septr from Savannah, the Cherokees were informed by the Commissioners, that the peculiar circumstances of No. Carolina, with respect to the Union, prevented a full communication of Sentiments at that time; but that...
the Subscriber parthener of Emanuel Pliarne decea’d in the year 1777 in crosing Potomock River, then charged of publick affairs, hath the honor to represent to your excellency, that he was in St Eustache in the year 1775 at the arrival of an american Vessel dispatch’d by the governer Coock of providence in the state of Rodeland, wishing to procure munitions of war the inhabitants of that...
General Edward Stevens—solicits an appointment in the Customs particularly the District of Norfolk He is a Gentleman in high repute in his Country both as a Citizen and a Soldier. Col: Will. Heth—has I expect explained to your Excellency his particular Views—I have known him from his Infancy. There is not a man in whom I would more readily confide for the discharge of any Office he may...
at a private meeting of the Head &a &a &a Smoaking Shoemark under a white Ming the first of the hot moon near the Country Seat of the late British Genl Sir Guy Carlton. the first talk to our brother let him give his answer, did he ask any brother if there was any one in new york auhorised to hear our private talk with our father and brothers a Cross the great water, answer from our brother...
41Memorandum Books, 1789 (Jefferson Papers)
Jan. 1. Paid Petit servants wages and etrennes as follows wages etrennes total   Petit 72  +  24   =
The operation mentioned in my letter of Feb. 4. is going on. Montmorin has proposed to Ternant to go as Chargé des affaires. Ternant called on me a few days ago to know whether I thought his appointment would be agreeable to us. Tho he is obliged to give up his regiment, which is a certainty for life, he will do it. Perhaps Otto may be left awhile longer to put Ternant into the train of...
The President of the United States presents his Compliments to Mr Jay, and informs him that the Harness of the President’s Carriage was so much injured in coming from Jersey that he will not be able to use it today. If Mr Jay should propose going to Church this Morng the President would be obliged to him for a Seat in his Carriage. L , in the writing of David Humphreys, NNC .
Candidates Objects Recommendations Major J. Gibbon some place in the Customs By Col: Ths. M. Randolph Sharp Delaney Collection at Philada. By Mr. Peters. He is now Collector Jno. Hopkins Whatever place may be in lieu of the loan office in Virginia He is now loan Officer Hudson Muse Collection on Rappahannock Now Collector General Stephens Collection at Norfolk or some other place in the...
While I request you to accept my thanks for your kind address, I must profess myself highly gratified by the sentiments of esteem and consideration contained in it. The approbation my past conduct has received from so worthy a body of citizens as that whose joy for my appointmt you announce, is a proof of the indulgence with which my future transactions will be judged by them. I could not...
the early Friendship of our Youth, (which I am convinced will in your Mind apologize for the freedom I now presume to take), has induced me to address you on a Subject very interesting to the Prosperity & future Weal of the Country in which I reside—the Death of Judge Varnum, renders another Appointment necessary, many Candidates will doubtless present themselves, and it would be deemed...
It is not, I presume, unusal or improper for persons to offer themselves as candidates for publick appointments. Under this impression, I take the liberty of mentioning to your Excellency, that I shall be happy to contribute my services in some office of the revenue department for the town and port of Savannh in the State of Georgia. From my long residince in that State, and from a diversified...
Since here, have made every enquiry respecting the Land which you wish’d to be informed of. As yet have not been able to get any satisfactory account of it. Mr Geo. May who sold the land to the late Doctr Skinner has promissd to make particular enquiry and give me the information which you want. I expect to leave this in two weeks on my way to New Orleans If I can get the information of the...
Press copies of my public accounts to be left in France in case any accident of shipwreck happens to the vessel in which I go to America. MS ( DLC ); in TJ’s hand. This may have been a directive to Short or TJ’s reminder to himself. On TJ’s concern for the safety of his public accounts, see note to TJ to Trumbull, 25 Nov. 1789 .
Such Gentlemen of the Honl. Senate as would wish to be present at the exhibition of Fireworks to be displayed this evening, will find room within the railing of the Bowling Green, for their reception by / their most obedient / Humble Servant MHi : Adams Papers.