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I promised you in former letters to give you a full view of the situation and temper of this state: I now sit down to execute that task. You have already in your possession a pretty just picture of the 1st drawn by the Legislature in perhaps too highly coloured in some places, but in the main true. It is the opinion of the most sensible men, with whom I converse, who are best acquainted with...
Copy and transcript: National Archives I have received, many of them at the same time, your sundry letters of March 23. April 8 & 17 May 17 18, two 23 two and 29. It would be a Satisfaction to me if you would likewise mention from time to time the Dates of those you receive from me. Most of your Letters pressing my obtaining more money for the Present year. The late Losses suffer’d in the W....
The hurry in which I wrote to you by the last post, prevented my examining particularly the papers which I informed you I had received. On a more careful inspection of them, I found them not so complete as I had hoped. There is a general state[ment] of specific supplies; but the returns referred to in that [statement] for the particulars were by some mistake omitted. I have written for them,...
Agreeable to my letter to you from Albany I came to this place and had an interview with a Committee of the Legislature in which I urged the several matters contained in your instructions. I strongly represented the necessity of solid arrangements of Finance, and, by way of argument, pointed out all the defects of the present system. I found every man convinced that something was wrong, but...
The last Post brought me your favor of the 26th Ulto, covering Doctr Smiths Draft of the 23d for Fifty Guineas—I am obliged to you for paying the money, & charging it to the acct mentioned; altho’ I was provided for the demand, & should have paid the Bill at Sight. I have lately purchased a piece of Land near Alexandria at the price of £2000 Virginia Curry with a view to exchange it for a...
I was among the first who were convinced, that an administration by single men was essential to the proper management of the affairs of this country. I am persuaded now it is the only resource we have to extricate ourselves from the distresses, which threaten the subversion of our cause. It is palpable that the people have lost all confidence in our public councils, and it is a fact of which I...
I have devoted the first moment of my time which I could command (while the Troops are halted for the french Army at this place) to give my sentiments unreservedly on the several matters contained in your favor of the 13th Inst.—this I will attempt to do, with all that frankness, & sincerity, which from your own candor in your communications, you have a right to expect, and for doing which...