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I inclose an extract of a letter from Mr. John Randolph on the subject of a Mr. Richardson, and a letter from the latter. You will observe the request of Mr. Randolph that the object of Mr. Richardson might be eventually communicated for the University at N. York. I have made the communication to William & Mary; and as it is quite uncertain whether it will be of avail there, it is proper that...
Learning from Mr Rives that he expects to be in New York some days before his embarkation for France, I take the liberty of giving him a line for you. I need not refer to his high public standing, derived from the able part he has borne in public affairs, that being of course known to you; but as a friend & neighbour I wish to bear my testimony to his great personal worth; and the rather, as...
Mr. Trist who now holds a place in the Department of State, will be so much gratified by an introduction to one towards whom he entertains the sentiments he does towards you, that I very cheerfully put a few lines into his hands for the purpose. You may not be ignorant of his relation by marriage to Mr. Jefferson, who had for him a particular esteem, his title to which, I am persuaded, will be...
You probably know that a Sum of about £2000 St: was placed by Mr. Jefferson in the hands of the Barings, subject to the order of the American Minister in London, for the use of the University of Virginia. Of this deposit, it appears from the information of Mr. King late Secretary of Legation, there remained on the 24th. of June 1826. a balance of £986.18.4. Be so obliging as to inform me,...
My last acknowledged yours of June 5. and observed that having appointed Mr. Bonnycastle to the Chair vacated by Mr. Key, a successor to him in that of N. Philosophy was now wanted. We have at present a prospect of filling it without giving you the trouble of further enquiries with that view tho’ it may not be without use to learn the result of those you may have made. In the mean time another...
Your favor of June 5. did not arrive before the Visitors who met in July had closed their Session & left the University. I may safely take on me however, to say that they will feel great obligation for your kind efforts to find a proper Professor for the vacant Chair. In the uncertainty of obtaining, without the University itself, a Successor to Mr Key, the Visitors thought it best to...
In my letter of March 20. I stated the salary allowed to Professors in the University of Virginia to be fifteen hundred dollars per annum. I did not advert to the circumstance, that this amount was limited to those first engaged, and that their successors would be entitled to one thousand only instead of $1500. I hasten to correct the error, that it may lead to no embarrassment in the case...
It is probably not unknown to you that the Visitors of the University of Virginia, anxious to procure for it Professors, with higher qualifications than might be attainable here, had recourse for a supply in part to Great Britain. They had the good fortune to engage five, all of whom have answered their expectations. One of them, however, Mr. Key professor of Mathematics, though friendly to...
Mr. Holley late President of the Transylva. University being about to take a look at Europe, will pay his respects to you on his arrival in London. The claim given to your civilities by the station he filled, & the learned accomplishments which led to it, will be strengthened his laudable desire to improve his fund of knowledge, as a philosophical inquery in other Countries after, having...
A recent illness from which I am just recovering obliges me to borrow the pen of a grandaughter to acknolege the reciept of your welcome favour of June 29. from N. York. I read it with great satisfaction. occasional views, to be relied on, of the complicated affairs of Europe are like a good observation at sea, which tells one where they are after wandering with the newspapers till they are...
After a long silence I salute you with affection. the weight of 80. years pressing heavily on me, with a wrist & fingers almost without joints, I write as little as possible, because I do it with pain and labor. I retain however still the same affection for my friends, and especially for my antient colleagues, which I ever did, and the same wishes for their happiness. your treaty has been...
Th: Jefferson requests mr Gallatin to give a safe passage to the inclosed letters, and salutes him with constant friendship NHi : Papers of Albert Gallatin.
‘It is said to be an ill wind which blows favorably to no one.’ my ill health has long suspended the too frequent troubles I have heretofore given you with my European correspondence. to this is added a stiffening wrist, the effect of age on an antient dislocation, which renders writing slow and painful, and disables me nearly from all correspondence, and may very possibly make this the last...
Your letter of July 22 . was most acceptable to me, by the distinctness of the view it presented of the state of France . I rejoice in the prospect that that country will so soon recover from the effects of the depression under which it has been laboring; and especially I rejoice in the hope of it’s enjoying a government as free as perhaps the state of things will yet bear. it appears to me...
I avail myself as usual of the protection of your cover for my letters. that to Cathalan need only be put into the post office; but for that for Appleton I must ask the favor of you to adopt the safest court course which circumstances offer.    You will have seen by the newspapers that there is a decided ascendancy of the republican party in nearly all the states. Connecticut decidedly so: it...
I take the liberty of putting under the protection of your cover a letter to Cardinal Dugnani at Rome , in the hope that thro’ the Nuncio resident at Paris it may find a sure conveyance to him. in return for this trouble I wish I could give you any news which would interest you. but, withdrawn entirely from all attention to public affairs I neither know nor enquire what Congress are doing. you...
In a letter of the 6 th inst. I took the liberty of troubling you with a part of my annual correspondence at Paris . the remainder, not then ready, I now take the liberty of putting under your cover as a supplement to the trouble then giving given . not knowing where Baron Humboldt is I must ask the favor of you to add the necessary address. nothing new having occurred since my last, I can...
The importance that the inclosed letters should safely reach their destination impels me to avail my self of the protection of your cover. this is an inconvenience to which your situation exposes you, while it adds to the opportunities of exercising yourself in works of charity. According to the opinion I hazarded to you , a little before your departure, we have had almost an entire change in...
Give me leave to introduce to you, Mr Theodore Lyman junior, a young Gentleman of Education and Travel of modest and virtuous Character, ardent in pursuit of Science and Letters. His Father is respectable in fortune and Connections. Mr Lyman I presume wishes to be acquainted with the Litterateurs as well as to See The King and The Court. He can give you all Our American News, much better than...
Notwithstanding the lapse of time, nothing definitive has taken place, in concert with Mr. Hassler, in relation to Mr. Le Sueur. Mr. Crawford has the subject in hand, and will communicate the result. I can add but little to the public information which goes to you from the official source, and thro’ the press. You will find that specie is at length re-instated in its legitimate functions; at...
This will be handed to you by mr William C. Preston a young gentleman of this state, either son, or nephew (I know not which) to the gentleman of that name with whom you served in Congress about 1792. I do not know him personelly, but learn from those who do, and in whom I have confidence, that he is of excellent talents, and perfect integrity. his standing in this state is high, and he will...
I write you a few lines to apologise for the liberty I took in requesting you would affix you Seal to what I supposed would have been a small paper parcell containing some very trifling articles for which Mr. Adams had permitted me to send, and which I thought too trifling to request an order for as it is always obtained with difficulty—I flatter myself you will pardon the error and believe me...
Will you have the goodness my dear Sir to send the enclosed to Mrs. C King, as I do not know her address. I take the liberty of making this request having witnessed your readiness to serve the Ladies, and feeling and how happy they are to receive an obligation at your hands— Present my respectful Compliments to Mrs. Gallatin and believe me, Sir, with the highest sentiment of esteem and...
The jealousy of the European governments rendering it unsafe to pass letters thro’ their post-offices, I am obliged to borrow the protection of your cover to procure a safe passage for the inclosed letter to M de de Staël , and to ask the favor of you to have it delivered at the hotel of M. De Lessert without passing thro’ the post office. In your answer of June 7. to mine of May 18 . you...
I have written you several letters all of which, except one committed to your attention, letters for others. The one excepted requested an answer, and as it has not yet come to hand, and I learn that a late mail was wrecked on its passage, I am apprehensive my letter may have been in it. On the eve of my Departure therefore I repeat its contents. It remarked that I had not yet made the...
I have just recieved a request from M. de la Fayette to send him two copies of the Review of Montesquieu , published in Philadelphia about 4. or 5. years ago, and have written to Dufief to forward them under cover to you, wherever you may be, which he will know better than I can. I pray you to be the bearer of them, with the letter for him now inclosed; and, if you have never read the work,...
I have not yet made the remittance to Mr. Baring, and cannot do it at the present moment without an increased sacrifice. I would prefer making it however notwithstanding the hope of a Change for the better ere long, to giving Mr. B any ground for complaint. Be so good as to say whether you consider the delay as in the least dissatisfactory or disadvantageous to him, and I will take my measures...
Mr. Dallas has signified to me that it being his intention not to pass another Winter in Washington, he has thought it his duty to give me an opportunity of selecting a Successor during the present session of Congress; intimating a willingness, however, to remain, if desired, in order to put the national Bank in motion. Will it be most agreeable to you, to proceed on your mission to France; or...
Your last favor is recieved just as I am setting out for a possession 90. miles Southwardly, from whence I shall not return until the first week of the ensuing month. I hasten therefore to drop you a line of Adieu. I sincerely rejoice that you are going to France . I do not think with you that nothing can be done there. Louis XVIII is a fool, & a bigot, but bating a little duplicity he is...
M r Dabney Terril , a relation of mine (the grandson of my sister) wishing to finish his education in Europe , I have advised him to go to Geneva preferably to any other place. his foundation is a moderate progress in Latin French and Mathematics. he is 17. years of age, perfectly correct in his morals and deportment, amiable in his dispositions, and thirsty after knolege. his circumstances...
A long absence from home must apologize for my so late acknolegement of your welcome favor of Sep. 6. our storm of the 4 th of that month gave me great uneasiness for you; for I was certain you must be on the coast, and your actual arrival was unknown to me. it was such a wind as I have not witnessed since the year 1769 . it did however little damage with us, only prostrating our corn, and...
In my hurry yesterday to be ready for a waiting mail, I overlooked your question when I should return to Washington? I have not fixed on the precise time, but it will probably be not sooner nor more than a few days later than the 1st. of October. If you have a trip there in view why not extend it, bringing Mrs Gallatin with you, to Virginia? Cordial regards RC ( NHi : Gallatin Papers).
I have just recd. your favor of the 4th. I congratulate yourself and Mrs. Gallatin on your safe arrival, and under circumstances which must console her so much for your prolonged absence. I was not unprepared for a heavy demand for expenses of J. P. Todd. I thank you for your kindness in lending your responsibility; and being unable in my present situation to do better for repaying the...
M r Girardin , who will have the honor of presenting you this letter, revisits his native country after a residence of 20. years in this his country by adoption. he will consider this relation as placing him under your protection, of which he is entirely worthy. a residence of some years in my neighborhood enables me to assure you that he is a gentleman of science, of worth, and perfect...
An American going to Paris considers you of course as his natural patron there; but still it is well you should know when worth presents itself, and is added to the claim of a fellow citizen on your good offices. the bearer mr William B. Buchanan is the son of James A. Buchanan esquire of Baltimore of great worth and respectab il ity. he embarks for Europe with Doct r Eustis , and will...
This letter will be handed you by mrs Patterson , daughter of mr Patterson of Baltimore , with whose high standing worth and patriotism you are well acquainted, and probably with his person. mrs Patterson , as a citizen of the United States, would naturally recieve your patronage and attentions, while at Paris ; which with your knolege of her family would render unnecessary any recommendations...
This letter will be presented to you by mr George Ticknor , a young gentleman of Boston . he favored me with a visit here and brought high recommendations from mr Adams and others , and during a stay of several days with us, I found he merited every thing which had been said of him. he has been excellently educated, is learned, industrious eager after knolege, and as far as his stay with us...
You will learn from the Secy of State the painful manner in which the Senate have mutilated the Mission to St Petersburg: But the course and circumstances of the proceeding may require more of explanation than may fall within his scope and more indeed than can well be conveyed on Paper. Previous to sending in the nomination of the Envoys there was no indication, that if the popularity of the...
I have a Grand Son the oldest Child of J Q Adams whom we are desirous of sending to Petersburg to his father according to his fathers repeated request to us. He is 12 years old and an ingenuous youth. We are anxious to know whether you Gentlemen will condescend to take him under your protection; and whether it will be possible to send him to you before your ship will sail. His father will pay...
I inclose a draft for $800 dollars to be a fund in your hands for J. P. Todd. He has in his own $200 more; which our estimate called for. Should the whole be judged, on a better calculation, to be deficient, be so good as to convert a draft on me into a supply of the deficiency. He sets out tomorrow morning and will be in Philada. the day after this reaches you. A blank Commission has been...
I do myself the Honour to enclose a few Letters from my Family here to that part of Us who are at St. Petersburg; and ask the favour of Your Care of them. It will be great Joy to your Colleague in that City to receive the Society of Gentlemen he has So long known, and whose great Experience in public Affairs will furnish him with every necessary Information. I can do no more than pray for your...
I have recd. yours of the 22d. from Baltimore. I find that the dispatches of Mr. Dashkoff will not leave Washington till Tuesday. Mr. Monroe avails himself of this to prepare his the more leisurely. Payne will be the Bearer of them. He could have set off tomorrow morning, if necessary: but will be the better for the delay; his boil not being healed, though relieved by the salutary maturation &...
It is determined finally to associate Mr. Bayard in the Mission Extraordinary to St. Petersburg. The Secretary of State informs him of it by this mail. It cannot fail to be useful, if you can see him on your way thro’ Wilmington, ascertain his sentiments on the occasion, and hasten his preparations if he should be willing to undertake the service. We hope the vessel will sail in 14 days at...
What are the provisions , & for what purpose ? Is it strictly regular for the Govt. to have any positive relation to a trade, in its own Vessels contrary to the Law of N? Govts. are not bound to prevent . Still a passport to protect agst. American cruisers, seems to be the minimum of interposition. The Scy. of State will decide the case; in consequence of an interview with Mr. Dashkoff. The...
For perusal & to be returned. Why not prohibit altogether fine Cottons & Woolens, which we do not want—& which in fact are not imported from any Country other than G.B. unless bought there from G.B. Such a total prohibition of these & some other Articles perhaps, wd. render a partial repeal of the Non Impn. Act, more operative, than the act at present is, or will be, under the new arts for...
Mr. Parrishes Reply to the proposition to A purchas in the Loan was only yesterday Reced and I am Sorry to Say that tho he Says he Should Leik to be engagd yet he must Decline b[e]cause he See no provability of a Speedy arrangement for Peace and he is of opinion that not more than 2 or 3 Millions could be raisd in Philadelphia and that at not Less than 7 pct. In consequence of his Declining...
A mr James Dinsmore of my neighborhood, a very honest & worthy man himself, is anxious that I should write to you on behalf of a brother of his who lives in the Missipi territory , and who wishes for the place of Reciever of the public monies in that territory now vacant. of the brother I know nothing personally. the one here gives me the strongest assurances of his worth, & if he is like...
31 October 1812. In accordance with a 3 Mar. 1809 act of Congress, directs “that the sum of fifty thousand dollars be applied out of the appropriation of Sulphur & Salt Petre to Provisions & twenty five thousand dollars out of the same appropriation to Contingent expenses.” Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 45, Letters to Federal Executive Agents, 1798–1824). 1 p. See U.S. Statutes at Large The...
29 October 1812. In accordance with an act of 3 Mar. 1809, directs “the sum of Five hundred thousand Dollars, of the fund appropriated for the pay of the Army, be applied to that of the Clothing Department.” RC (owned by Albert C. Wilkerson, Richmond, Va., 1961). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. See U.S. Statutes at Large The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17...
15 October 1812, Nantucket. Requests that his salary be raised to place him “on A footing with other keepers of light housses” and that a dwelling be built for him near the lighthouse. RC ( DNA : RG 217, Manning File). 1 p. On the verso is a note of the same date from four selectmen of Nantucket attesting to the correctness of Coffin’s letter. On the cover sheet Gallatin redirected Coffin’s...