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I have not had any opportunity of writing to you before—indeed I have been So occupied: that I have not had time, for beside Sickness, the good folk who love Sleighing have many of them embraced this opportunity of visiting us; and Louissa wants constant watching to Supply her by little & little with the small nourishment She takes and to See that She does not exceed her Strength by Sitting up...
I am honored with your letter of Feb. 21. covering one from my friend the General la Fayette . I sincerely congratulate you on your arrival in this land of peace and safety, and still more I congratulate my country on the acquisition of your talents, which, directing our preparations for war, are most likely to continue it a land of peace and safety. I wish that in any circumstances of your...
Condoling sincerely, as I have done, with the family of the late mr Dallas , as well as with the public, for the great loss sustained in him, it is a satisfaction to learn that we are likely to have the benefit of whatever he has left in writing. what this may be I am not informed, except so far as already published: but besides the benefit of the a republication, I am sure he has written...
Did I not foster Such an exalted opinion of John Quincy Adams, then yet I might deem it a becoming courtesy to address his excellent Parents on this Solemn occasion—But now I will indulge the irresisteble impulse, of allowing my Self the exquisiste gratification, which not often can be offered, in congratulating his Mother with the certainty—that the highest office—in the gift of the...
I take the Liberty of enclosing you a prospectus of a Reading Room for the Metropolis of the Union upon an improved plan, and respectfully to solicit your patronage for the Institution. From the countenace at present shewn to the undertaking, the establishment promises soon to be in a prosperous condition. In retirement from public life—I pray you may enjoy health, with the pleasing...
After dispatching my letter of yesterday in answer to your’s of Feb. 25. I looked over the catalogue you had inclosed me and found 2. or 3. other books which I will pray you to send me with those ordered in my letter, to wit. La Conquista de Mexico, De Solis 3. v. 8 vo I take for granted it is in Spanish. Borda . usage du Cercle 4 to Tragedies d’ Euripides . 4. v. 12 mo if in prose ; but not if in
I recd. some days ago your favor of the 26 ult: but this is the first moment I have found to acknowlege it. I learn with great pleasure your intention to publish the life and writings of your father. The latter will be a rich addition to our political and literary treasures: and the former a portrait worthy of a conspicuous place in the biographical Gallery. I think too favorably of the public...
Your letter of Feb. 27 . from Washington is just now recieved. mrs Randolph and family, as well as myself, would have been much gratified by the visit which mrs Derby and yourself had proposed to make us at Monticello , had the state of the roads, the weather, & other circumstances permitted it. but ‘ tout ce qui est differé n’est pas perdu ,’ as the French say, and as I am by your letter...
I have detained Martin a little longer than you intended because my waggons were to set off this day for Bedford and I concluded to send him with the work he had done by one of them. it was but one day’s journey of their way, and saves your waggon a trip of 5. days to come for them. by Martin ’s count there are 129. knobs. their tops will require to be kept well painted, as they present the...
I recieved last night your’s of Feb. 25. and now ask the favor of you to send me the Archimede de Peyrard 2. v. 8 vo 4. D 50 C and Hippocrate de Gardeil . 4. v. 8 vo 8.D. for which I inclose you 12. D 50 C in bills of the Richmond banks which I presume can be exchanged at par with you, as they are 1. or 2. p.c. above par at Philadelphia
To set the Dial. The first and all-important object is to have the top of the dial post perfectly horizontal. without this it never can be true one moment. to this end, after the post is immoveably fixed in the ground, the top should be tried with a level and planed to the true horizontal level in every direction. it will take a butt of a tree 28. or 29.I. diameter. when planed, place the dial...
I had some years ago the pleasure of submitting to your inspection an humble attempt to note the sounds of the English Language which was favorably received. Since that period I have removed from Boston and become an inhabitant of Ohio . The perusal of an editorial article in our republican paper of this day prompts me to request that I may be permitted to lay before you (with the utmost...
M r Ro Walsh J r has the honor to present to M r Jefferson the volume sent herewith , presuming that the scientific and literary intelligence which it Contains, may be of interest to one, who embraces so large a portion of human knowledge in the range of his enquiry. RC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq re ”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Mar. 1817 and so...
During the unexampled spell of hard weather which we had in Jan. & Feb. and March , I thought it better not to send the waggoners on the road, and especially as Milly and her two young children were to come back with them. but it has been with inexpressible regret that I have been obliged to retain them latterly while these fine ploughing days were passing. but the necessity of bringing corn...
I am, indeed, gratified by the receipt of your letter of the 27th ulto. The approbation of those we ourselves reverence for their virtues, is, perhaps, the sweetest reward for our efforts to be useful. Only eleven volumes of the Weekly Register are yet finished. These may be forwarded, if you please, immediately to Boston, & can be easily sent to you, through Mr. Dawes; or by my agent there,...
I have the satisfaction to inform you that John Quincy Adams Esq. was this morning nominated Secretary of State, and forthwith agreed to, in Senate, with only one dissenting vote—Mr Crawford continues in the Treasury and Gov Shelby is appointed Secy of War;—Mrs: Otis unites with me in respects to Mrs. Adams and yourself, and hope you have experienced no material inconvenience from the rigour...
J. Madison presents his respects to Mr. Colman with his thanks for the “Century Sermon,[”] he has been so good as to inclose with his letter of the 21st. Ult. Mrs. Madison is equally thankful for the Copy of Mr. Buckminster’s Sermons presented to her. Neither of us can at present avail ourselves of the pleasure of perusing the publications: but a very short time will relieve us both from the...
Altho’ your personal and official acquaintance with Mr. J Graham, be well known to me, I can not, on the occasion of my final departure fr⟨om⟩ the public service, satisfy myself, without expressing my sense of his great merit. Mr. Graham, recommended by my knowlege of his public Agency abroad, and of his private virtues, was invited into the Department of State, as the Chief under the Head of...
By the ship Heroine Capt Smith for Boston , I have address’d to the care of mr. Dearborn , the collector, a bag containing about half a bushel of Lupinella grass-seed; requesting he would give it, the earliest conveyance to you.—it was my intention, to have sent it by a vessel bound to one of the southern ports, but having chang’d her destination for another part of Europe , I am compell’d to...
Lupinella-grass-seed The Lupinella grass is unquestionably, the most prolific & most nutricious, known in Italy . and preferr’d by horses, oxen, sheep & c to every other species.—It should be planted in grounds, not Subject to inundations, or wet soils—it is commonly planted here, on small elevations.—It should be cut with a Sickle, as is grain, and bound in Small bundles of about 7 # each, to...
I inclose you a letter from Judge Peters, president of the board of agriculture at Philadelphia , solliciting either a drawing or a model of your hill-side plough. I prefer sending it to you while at Varina , because as you have Isaac there you may find it as easy to have the plough made there as a model, and from Varina you can give it a ready passage to Philadelphia . this however as is...
By referance to the acts concerning roads I find, that an application to the County Court to discontinue a road must be preceded by one month’s notice in some public paper and an advertisement at the door of the courthouse. See 1 Vol. R. Code p. 423 . Jeff. tells me this has not been done. I, therefore, thought it best to delay the application, RC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Mar....
We come, Sir, on behalf of the Citizens of Washington, to mingle our congratulations with our regrets at your political retirement; congratulations that spring from our participation as Americans in the untarnished glory that accompanies you—regrets that flow from feelings alive to the loss we are so soon to experience. At this event, as Citizens of a great community, we feel a pride only...
I am much indebted to the Citizens of Washington, in whose behalf you speak, for the expressions of regard and respect addressed to me. These sentiments are the more valuable to me, as my long residence among them has made me well acquainted with their many titles to my esteem, at the same time that it has enabled them to mark more particularly the course of my public and personal conduct....
The magnificent spectacle which a voluntary retirement from the most exalted station, furnishes, is this day exemplified in you. Elevated by the suffrages of a free people to the highest office in their gift, the termination of the constitutional term found you in possession of their unabated confidence, which they expressed by a repetition of their will that you should continue to preside...
Give me leave to Congratulate you on the success of your Administration, and to accept of my best wishes for your present & futer Happiness, being well persuaded you retire from the cares of State with the full approbation of your own consience. Presumeing you may have some moments of lieusure, let me draw your attention to a class of men who have supported the measures of Goverment dureing 10...
We come, Sir, on behalf of the Citizens of Washington, to mingle our congratulations with our regrets at your political retirement; congratulations that spring from our participation as Americans in the untarnished glory that accompanies you. Regrets that flow from feelings alive to the loss we are soon to experience. At this event, as Citizens of a great community, we feel a pride only...
I have committed to the Care of my young Friend M r Todd a small Present of which I must solicit your Acceptance not from any intrinsic Value in the thing itself, but as an Expression of my grateful, respectful and affectionate Recollection. It is a walking-Stick which appears to be of Tortoise shell but it is in Fact only that Substance moulded over a hickory Rod by a simple but ingenious...
M r Colclaser , the Miller at Shadwell , who is equally concern’d with me in that business, has received an advantageous offer from M r Philip Payne to superintend a Mill which he has lately erected on the waters of Roanoke , and wishes to be inform’d immediately, if he will accept it.— In consequence thereof he applied to me yesterday to know my intentions respecting Shadwell Mill ; but as...
Permit me, in the name of the Soci Connecticut Society for the encouragement of A merican Manufactures, to enclose to you their Address and Constitution. RC ( CSmH: JF-BA ); addressed: “The Hon, Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Virginia”; franked; postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Address of the Connecticut Society for the Encouragement of...