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I regret that I am obliged to withdraw from membership in the association of the mutual fire insuring company, by a change of practice extremely disagreeable as well as onerous: so much so as to make it preferable to withdraw from an institution which I think a good one. it has always been the practice, of courtesy at least, if not of law, for the agent to apply for my annual contribution...
Altho our Professors were on the 5 th of Dec. still in an English port, that they were safe raises me from the dead: for I was almost ready to give up the ship. that was 8. weeks ago, and they may therefore be daily expected. In most public seminaries Text-book s are prescribed to each of the several schools as the norma docendi in that school; and this is generally done by authority of the...
To oblige us one of the Banks here has consented to take our draft on M r Gibson for $422..25 the Interest to the 15 Ins t on the payment you have to make us on the 7 May 1820 of $2083..20— The draft will, according to their fixed rule, be passed to our credit upon advice of its payment in Richmond being received— Altho’ attended with delay, this arrangement saves you from a loss of about 1½...
“Nothing sells high but land which is kept up to an extravagant price from the particular situation of that article. All the valuable land in the State is either forfeited to Govt or in the hands of individuals who calculate on this situation, & do not expect a sale of the forfeited lands for many years, when they will have disposed of their land, at a high price to the Emigrants to this...
I thank you, Sir, for the copy of the beautiful Address to the American academy of the Fine arts, which you have been so kind as to send me. I have great pleasure in seeing them so engagingly inculcated, and in observing, by the catalogue of articles exhibited, that so many specimens are possessed capable of exercising the eye in the study of these fascinating arts. they furnish a valuable...
I wished to have communicated to you my letter to Gilmer before I sent it off. But the danger of it’s not getting there before his departure induced me to dispatch it by mail for the packet from N. York, as soon as written. My rough draught being illegible, I have taken time to make a legible copy, now inclosed for your perusal. I think there is nothing in it which does not accord with the...
I have not written to you for some time my Dear Sir because I had nothing but bad news to tell but being all once more in the mending way I hasten to assure you that Georges arm is doing as well as we can hope and that the recovery is as rapid as the injury received will permit although he must bear up against a very tedious confinement—Although his fever ran high for the first four days his...
I have recieved through the hands of the Governor Col o Taylor’s letter to you. it is with extreme reluctance that I permit myself to usurp the office of an adviser of the public what books they should read and what not. I yield however on this occasion to your wish and that of Col o Taylor, and do (what, with a single exception only) I never did before, on the many similar applications made...
Under a different cover I send a Circular on the subject of our Law Professor; and to save writing, which is laborious to me, I must pray my Colleagues on the Assembly to consider the single copy as addressed equally to all My grandson Tho s J. Randolph attends the legislature on a subject of ultimate importance to my future happiness. My own debts were considerable, and a loss was added to...
I declind answering your letter, untill I could obtain some details, which were material, in relation to its object. The interest, which you take, in favor of persons a family, with whom you are so closely connected, & with whose merit, you are so well acquainted, commands my great high respect & warm approbation, and it would give me much great satisfaction, if circumstances permitted, an...
On the preceding page you will see the extract of a letter from Capt Peyton explaining the want of form in the bill of exchange signed by youself to Th: J. Randolph, and forwarded to Capt Peyton, & inclosed are the return d bills, and others in correct form to be signed by you. my grandson being absent from the neighborhood, I send them by the bearer, in the hope of recieving them back by him,...
Your letter of the 3d. has distressed me—It will compel me to disclose truths which will be disagreeable to you—and very unpleasant to me— Your ardour in support of the honour of your Grand Father—has my Cordial appropriation—we know where to find the precept—Honour thy Father, and Mother, and we know it has been approved by all Ages and Nations—Civil, and Savage, till french philosophers...
I thank you for the Discourse on the consecration of the Synagogue in your city, with which you have been pleased to favor me. I have read it with pleasure and instruction, having learnt from it some valuable facts in Jewish history which I did not know before. your sect by it’s sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal spirit of religious intolerance, inherent in every...
Your letter of the 18 th recieved on the 21 st shews that our recollections differ very considerably; but it proves also that we do not agree on the conditions of leasing the mill I offer it on the terms expressed in the lease, according to my understanding of them, and according to the understanding and practice on them by all the tenants heretofore. you will not consent to them but on a...
I regret that it will not be in my power to take Mr Norton’s Bridge Stock I am very affectionately Yours— MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
having been informed in Philadelphia that there was a College built under your auspices & patronage in Virginia. I take the liberty of applying to you as a Candidate of Professor of langauges in that institution. I have in my possession introductory letters to you from Mathy Carey esq Philadelphia with other testimonials of capacity & conduct, but i shall leave it to your better judgement...
I John Adams of Quincy, in the County of Norfolk Esquire, do hereby give to my Son John Quincy Adams, of Boston, in the County of Suffolk Esquire, all my Manuscript Letter Books, and Account-Books, Letters, Journals, and Manuscript papers; together with the trunks in which they are contained; also a Bureau, with three large Drawers, two small Drawers, and two glass folding Doors, standing near...
We herewith send you an invoice of such American Works, & of those imported, as we could furnish upon terms, as we consider better than to order them anew. Most of the imported Books were purchased in Europe at Auction, & could not probably be again procured upon the same terms, viz: Phil. Transactions, Byzantinae Hist. Kennicott’s Heb. Bible, Stepanie Thesaurus, Cassianus &ca. These mostly...
I have had the pleasure to recieve your letters of the 28th September & of 24th March: this last reached me on the 19th April, but it some time before I could find out the clue for securing the delivery of the one you inclosed me. At length I was informed the brother of your Gardener was in the employ of the proprietor of Grange Estate, who turned out to be a brother or near relative of our...
According to the requisitions of the law, I now transmit to the President and Directors of the Literary fund, for communication to the legislature, the annual Report of the Visitors of the University of Virginia, bearing date the 7 th of October last. at that date the regular books were not yet compleated which were under preparation for the purpose of exhibiting a clear and methodical view of...
I have been informed that the Chair of the Professor<s>hip of Mathematicks, in the University of Virginia, is about to be vacated. Having, in addition to a liberal education, had the advantage of long experience in teaching, I feel myself fully competent to discharge the duties of a Mathematical Instructor; and I therefore take leave, respectfully, to offer myself, as a Candidate to supply the...
I have deferred answering your Letter my Dear George in the hope of obtaining the Reviews you mention but have not been able to procure them—Of Mr. Channings I have not much to say excepting that the stile is like that of a gentle Turtle dove wooing with melay. but eloquently persuasive accent those who differ with him in religious opinions; but without reasoning so as to produce conviction—It...
I hand herewith sales your last parcel 60 Blls: Flour at $5¾, which has been the standard for some time, & the article quite languid in every market, here it recurs to be gradually sinking— I rec d yours to=day covering notes for the renewal of yours at the several Banks, and will take an early occasion to forward more blanks as you request— Your dft: favor Wolf & Raphael was presented and...
The two Boxes Sent by R Cutts Esqr I forwarded to you yesterday by Mr Barbours Wagon. Enclosed you have your account up to this time. With Due Respect I am Sir your Hu[m]ble St James Madison Esqr In account With Jas Cooke Dr. Octor 16 To Cash paid for 2 u Snuff 13/6  $2.50 ” 6 Bottles Porter   1.20 30 For 2 Bottles Oil at 83 cts.    .83 ” To Cash paid for Candlemoulds 3/9    .67 Novr. 19 ”
I recieve mr Livingston’s question through you with kindness, and answer it without hesitation. he may be assured I have not a spark of unfriendly feeling towards him. in all the earlier scenes of life we thought and acted together. we differed in opinion afterwards on a single point. each maintained his opinion, as he had a right, and acted on it as he ought. but why brood over a single...
Your letter of Jany. 24. came to hand by the mail of friday last. The letter from President Monroe which it enclosed wd. have been recd. with pleasure from your own hand. Your Grandfather Richard Henry Lee, of whom you are preparing a biographical Memoir, having borne a conspicuous part in our Revolution, I should very cheerfully make any contribution in my power towards the pourtrait of his...
I sent you some days since a bottle of domestic wine that I call Tokay—I now send you a bottle of what I call Burgundy. neither of these wines have had any brandy in them,—I will after I have bottled it send you a bottle of my Champaign, made of the miller Burgundy grape, which will have to be kept perhaps two months before you drink it, when, I expect it will be brisk and sparkle—I have but...
My Brother much as usual. The impossibility of hastening the cure of his very painful disease in consequence of the heat affects his spirits very much and makes him fretful and gloomy; ever anticipating evil, and unwilling to enjoy present good—poor fellow it is surely very hard to know he could be relieved in a few days, and at the same time to suffer not only the pain, but the idea which the...
Received of the Executors of the last Will of John Adams, by an Order on the Cashier of the United States Branch Bank, Boston the sum of two thousand seven hundred and nine 80/100 dollars being the amount of three orders from W. S. Smith, one of the Devisees, named in the said last Will; of which orders one for $1488.03 is in my favor for payment of debts due from the said W. S. Smith to me;...
I have had the honour of receiving your letters of the 29th and 30th ulto. Copies of the commercial convention of 3 july 1815 and of the four articles proposed by lord Castlereagh to be added to it will be transmitted to you with this letter. The publication of Mr. de Neuville’s letter to the department and of my answer, with the documents transmitted by him, will be made in the course of two...
A mr Maveric of N.Y. who furnishes engravings of our University sent a box of them some time ago to your address for mr Brockenbrough. I hope they are arrived safely. I have procured mr Hilliard book seller of Boston to establish a branch of his business here, and sent him a catalogue of the immediate wants of the students, advising him to consign them to Meredith jones near Charlottesville as...
As chairman of the Committee of Publick Instruction, I take the liberty of transmitting a bill reported for that purpose, and beg the favour of your views upon the System proposed, and that you will be pleased to note its defects, and to suggest Amendments. Presuming upon a knowledge of your liberal and Philanthropick disposition, I venture to Essay this claim upon your time, and attention. I...
It was only in the course of the last months, that I receiv’d a letter from Governor Holmes, under date of the 3 d of march, of the year 1820 , covering a vote of thanks of the legislature of the State; it is now unnecessary to seek the cause of its delay of more than a year; in reaching my hands—the expressions it contain’d, were both grateful and honorable to me; and are a very ample...
Ho l’Onore di parteciparli di averle tratto in questo giorno 635 Pezi duri di Spagna, e 48 Centimi a 10/ giorni Vista in favore del Sig re Tommaso Appleton Console di America, che avrà la bontà di accoglere, essendo tal Somma il Bilancio dovuto ⅌ l’Eredità del Sig re Bellini , come essendo da lei autorizato nella lettera al detto Sig re Appleton Si compiaccia di accettare i dovuti...
Mr De Bresson, a Secretary to the French Legation at this place, and his Lady who is a daughter of Mr Thompson the Secretary of the Navy, are going upon a Short visit to Boston; occasioned by the approaching departure of our old acquaintance and relative of Mr de Valnais. Mr de Bresson is desirous upon this occasion of paying his respects personally to you, and I take great pleasure in...
Your letter of Aug. 30. has been longer unanswered than I could have wished: but the delay has been unavoidable. And I am sensible now that the subject of it invited more of development, than sucessive occurrences calling off my attention, have permitted. The brief view taken of it, will at least be a proof of my disposition to comply with your request, which I regard as a private one, as you...
I send you a newspaper paragraph of mine, which I have published with a view to do good. The proceedings of the State of Georgia strike me with horror. My facts, are from a friend & neighbour (Gen l Wade Hampton) who has just arrived from New Orleans through the Creek nation. I cannot doubt your agreeing with my views of this melancholy subject. I have sent copies to heads of Departments at...
I gratefully return the papers you did me the honor to send into me, with a copy of them inserted in the Register. I hardly knew how far I was authorized to give your private letter to the public; but the parts inserted seemed necessary as an introduction to the papers; & I hope I have not transcended your will in that respect. I will thank you for the papers about Miranda’s affair. It is not...
I have taken the liberty of forwarding to you by today’s mail the first half dozen proofs from the engraving from the Portrait you so indulgently suffered me to paint last autumn, and which has only been delayed by the anxiety of the Engraver to do justice to his subject I sincerely hope it may meet the approbation of Mrs. Madison and yourself and that you will feel disposed to make every...
Agréez, je vous prie, l’hommage que je présente, içi, au compagnon de Franklin, au doyen des philosophes occidentaux, de quelques apperçus nouveaux qui peuvent fournir, à la physique, le fil d’Ariadne, pour se tirer du labyrinthe où, malgré la grande découverte de Newton, elle languit, depuis si longtems, sans progrès. Les fruits de l’Amérique appartiennent à celui qu’elle considère comme son...
Your favour of the 15th. arrived in time to enable me to add a little Note to the Errata of our 4th. Vol: which I copy. ☞ “A highly respectable friend has been so good as to point out to me my careless Mode of expression in my ‘Notices to a young Farmer,’ page XXXVI. I mention Wheat being so injured by stagnant water, ‘as to become abortive; & produce only Cheat .[’] I should have said, and...
Your favor of July 24 . came to hand yesterday, and I sincerely congratulate you on your safe arrival in your native country. you will find it I am sure much altered from what you left it . a great but somewhat dropsical increase of wealth, with a vast progress in luxury. I am much flattered by the notice of the Emperor . I have been acting on the humble field of promoting peace, and leaving...
I have received, my dear friend, your kind letter of July 22 inclosing your printed opinion on the election project. It was very slow in reaching me. I am very glad to find, by your letter, that you retain, undiminished, the warm feelings of friendship so long reciprocal between us; and, by your “Opinion,” that you are equally constant to the cause of liberty so dear to us both. I hope your...
In compliance with the request of your letter of the 8th Ins t I send you a copy of my field notes taken in surveying your N. Bridge tract of land. No doubt, I think, need be entertained that we found the Right corners until we came to the end of the third line. The true corner there I am well convinced is gone. The two “Black oaks” are upwards of 3 poles too far to the left, and here of...
I have not been able my Dear John to keep the promise I made to you at parting of writing in consequence of having omitted to bring my writing materials which you know must involve me in some difficulty as you have frequently experienced the embarrassment attending the acquirement of the means to carry on a correspondence in this house—We found your Grandfather so much altered that we were...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22d. of December: and I will take care that every facility be afforded for the delivery of the Books into the possession of the Executor of the late Mr. Jefferson. The Proctor has already informed you of some trifling inconvenience to which we have been put, by the resignation of one of the Hotel Keepers, in consequence of a...
My last to you was of the 6 th inst. since which yours of the 8 th is come to hand. the 3. cases of books from England, 1. from France, and 3. from Germany therein mentioned to have been shipped to the care of Col o Peyton are not yet heard of by us. it is possible that by the time of their arrival at the University , the room in which they are to be arranged, and the necessary presses may be...
I should sooner have answered your letter of the 20th Ulto if I could. My disposition is very good to assist as far as I can with truth & Justice any claims of my fellow citizens on the Justice or favour of their country But the claim of Mr Young is so very ancient & so many things have passed through my mind since, that I cannot depend on my memory for so remote a transaction. If Mr Young has...
I thank you, Sir, for the copy of your interesting Discourse before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The tribute it pays to her great Founder and first settlers, was due to the memorable example they gave of justice and humanity to the aboriginal inhabitants of the Country. The example was in true harmony with that of their inviolable respect for the rights of Conscience in all men....
Permit me to introduce to you my son Doctor Edward Alexander. Being on his return to Baltimore, in the vicinity of which he resides, and expecting to pass by Monticello, he expressed a wish to call and pay his respects to you. The seasons have been very unfavorable to us in this part of the State the present year: our wheat crop so much injured by Fly and rust as to be scarcely merchantable,...