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Three things relative to the City of Washington call for my decision, and this is the last day I have Powers to give any. The first respects the dispute with Mr Law, touching the conveyances of Lotts; the second, to my approbation of the Plans for the Executive Offices; and the third, to the Instrument you transmitted to me in your letter of the 31st of January. With regard to the first,...
I have neglected till this Moment to inclose the letter of Mr Smith respecting the plank which you wanted. He is a very honest worthy Man, and as far as my recollection serves me, the prices are such as is usual for choice plank. The freight will be no more than what is customary. From the Industry and attention of this person, I think you may rely that his endeavours will not be wanting upon...
On a day which becomes important in the annals of America as marking the close of a splendid public life, devoted for near half a century to the service of your country; We the undersigned clergy of different denominations in and near the city of Philadelphia, beg leave to join the voice of our fellow citizens, in expressing our deep sense of your public services in every department of trust &...
Not to acknowledge with gratitude & sensibility the affectionate addresses and benevolent wishes of my fellow Citizens on my retiring from public life, would prove that I have been unworthy of the Confidence which they have been pleased to repose in me. And, among these public testimonies of attachment and approbation, none can be more grateful than that of so respectable a body as your’s....
At the conclusion of my public employments, I have thought it expedient to notice the publication of certain forged letters which first appeared in the year 1777, and were obtruded upon the public as mine. They are said by the editor to have been found in a small portmanteau that I had left in the care of my Mulatto servant named Billy, who, it is pretended, was taken prisioner at Fort Lee, in...
I received your letter dated the 1st of September last, inquiring for the fortune of your deceased Brother, Baron Steuben. A former application from some relation of the Baron led me to inquire how he disposed of his estate, and I found that the payment of debts and claims would absorb the greater part, and that the residue was given to some particular friends to whom he was attached, and who...
Before the curtain drops on my political life, which it will do this evening—I expect for ever—I shall acknowledge, although it be in a few hasty lines only; the receipt of your kind & affectionate letter of the 23d of January last. When I add, that according to custom, all the Acts of the Session, except two or three very unimportant Bills, have been presented to me within the last four days,...
I nominate Anthony Walton White of New Jersey to be Surveyor for the agred Port of New Brunswick and Inspector of the Revenue for the same. DNA .
Mr. Green and Mullin will republish the Citizen and I observe the 1st. Number in Greens last paper. I have to number four and wish you to have the following numbers inserted in Baches’s paper as from them I can have them republished withot. your inclosing them and being subjected to postage. I understand you will be voted for to represent the County of Orange and will be elected unless you...
On 2 March, Harper (South Carolina) had moved a resolution that the House inform the president of the United States that it would “see with the highest satisfaction, any measures which he may deem expedient to adopt towards effecting the restoration of their said fellow-citizen to liberty” ( Annals of Congress Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.;...
I Contemplate with great pleasure the Change which is to take place in the penal Laws of the Commonwealth; and feel Much Anxiety that No time Shou’d be lost in bringing it into Complete Operation. The Law having Confided to the Executive, the purchase of a Sufficient Quantity of Land, and the direction of erecting the Necessary buildings for the Confinement and Accomodation of the Convicts; we...
42[Diary entry: 2 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
2. Wind as yesterday; cloudy, cold & Raw all day. Towards night it began to Snow. Mercury at 26.
To maintain the friendship and harmony so happily subsisting between our Republics, I have appointed William Vans Murray, one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister Resident of the United States of America, near you. From my confidence in virtues and talents I assure myself that he will embrace every occasion to fulfil those very interesting objects of his mission. I beseech you,...
You are hereby requested to convey all the streets in the City of Washington as they are laid out and delineated in the plan of the said City hereto annexed; and also the several squares, parcels and Lots of ground following to wit. First—The public appropriation beginning at the intersection of the South side of North H street and at the west side of a street of ninety feet in width drawn...
Amongst the last Aacts of my political life, and before I go hence into retirement, profound , will be the acknowledgment of your kind and affectionate letter from Boston—dated the 15th of January. From the friendship I have always borne you—and from the interest I have ever taken in whatever relates to your prosperity & happiness, I participated in the sorrows which I knoew you must have felt...
At a time when you are receiving addresses from all the united States of America, and from many of the considerable corporations in Sd. States. I fear it will be too much intruding upon your time & Patience to receive a line from a Person perhaps unknown to you, though you are well known to him. I never had the Pleasure of Seeing you or being in your Company but once which was in the year 1776...
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.
The Rector, Church Wardens and Vestrymen of the United Episcopal Churches, of Christ Church and St Peter’s, take the Liberty, at this interesting Period of your Retreat from public Life, of offering to you a sincere Testimony of their Veneration of your Character and their Affection for your Person. On an Occasion which, in so lively a Degree, effects the public Mind, we feel a peculiar Source...
To this public testimony of your approbation of my conduct & affection for my person, I am not insensible; and your prayers for my present and future happiness, merit my warmest acknowledgments. It is with peculiar satisfaction I can say, that, prompted by a high sense of duty in my attendance on public worship, I have been gratified, during my residence among you, by the liberal and...
I nominate Joel Barlow of the State of Connecticut, to be Consul-General of the United States of America, for the City & Kingdom of Algiers. John Gavino to be Consul of the United States of America for the port of Gibraltar, in the room of James Simpson appointed Consul for Morocco. Frederick Folger of Maryland, to be Consul of the United States of America for the port & district of Aux-Cayes,...
Application having been made to me, to permit a treaty to be held with the Seneka Nation of Indians, to effect the purchase of a parcel of their land under a preemption right derived from the State of Massachusetts and situated within the State of New York, and it appearing to me reasonable that such opportunity should be afforded, provided, the negociation shall be conducted at the expence of...
I nominate the following persons for promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States. Dragoons. James V. Ball Lieutenant vice Posey resigned 19 October 1795. Paul McDermot ditto vice Jones do 1 October 1796. Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. William Steele Surgeons Mate vice Rodes deceased. Infantry. Daniel Bradley Major in the 4th Regiment vice Roberts deceased 19 January...
This is the first Day of March, and I have no Letters from you of a later date than the 11 th of Feb’ ry. and then only a few lines. Several things which I have written to upon, and which I wish for directions before I proceeded to execute, are I suppose lost and forgotten by upon, in the Multitude of Your Thoughts. I must proceed with the advise of D r Tufts, for whom I have this day sent, in...
[ New York, March 1, 1797. ] “Having reconsidered the case of your Uncle (Wm. Beekman’s) Will with the authorities—I advise the Devisees to claim all that by the Partition became his several property & which in my former opinion with Mr. Evertson was considered as passing by his Will, not merely a proportion equal to his interest before Partition in the part which remained to him after...
55[Diary entry: 1 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Mercury at 24. Wind Westerly and cold all day.
I receiv’d your favour this day in answer to mine wrote in January last—from its not having arrived sooner (owing to mine being dated from Lancaster) I wrote you one other some time in Febuary, which I suppose before this you have received—The terms which you mention I think would suit me, and I shall make it my endeavour to be at your Seat (mount Vernon) by the twentieth of march—or at any...
By direction of the President of the U.S. & in conformity to the request in your letter of yesterday to the President, I now return to you sundry testimonials and letters in your behalf, which have from time to time been presented to the President. I am Sir, Yr Obt Servt ViMtvL .
The President of the United States to Senator for the State of . It appearing to me proper that the Senate of the United States should be convened on Saturday the fourth day of March instant; You are desired to attend in the Chamber of the Senate on that day at eleven OClock in the forenoon to receive any communications which the President of the United States may then have to lay before You,...
The Secretary of States has the honor to lay before the President of the United States the opinion of the Attorney General, that a secretary may be allowed to a Minister Resident, or Chargé des Affaires. The Secretary has considered the situation of our affairs with the Barbary powers, & particularly with Algiers, and the necessity of a consul to reside there. That altho’ Mr Barlow desires to...
A paragraph written by Mr. Henry a Senator of the US. from Maryland, and inserted in Bache’s paper about the 1st. of March 97. It is in his handwriting. It was given by him to Mr. Hurt to copy and insert in the public papers. Mr. Hurt gave it to me. MS ( DLC ); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated and unsigned. The paragraph in question from the Aurora has not been identified, nor is it known how...