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I have received the letter you did me the honour to write me from Richmond, on the twelfth of Febuary—and esteem myself much honoured by the confidence you are pleased to place in me—The attachment I feel to your family concurs with the personal acquaintance I once had and with all I have since heard of your Character to give to your Recommendation the greatest Weight. But as the Constitution...
Printed text ( Pennsylvania Packet , 11 June 1782; also Virginia Gazette Virginia Gazette, or, the American Advertiser (Richmond, James Hayes, 1781–86). , 22 June 1782). David C. Claypoole, editor of the Packet , introduced the letter to his readers with this foreword, probably supplied by JM: “The following Extract of a Letter written from Philadelphia, by a Gentleman in Office to one of the...
RC (McGregor Library of University of Virginia Library). Cover addressed to “Edmund Randolph Esq:.” Absence from Richmond for ten days and inability to fulfill JM’s request for a copy of the Virginia General Assembly’s printed journal covering the recent sessions led Randolph to ask John Beckley, clerk of the House of Delegates, to prepare a summary of its proceedings for JM’s information ( JM...
The case of Mr. Green upon which you request my opinion appears to be, in substance, as follows. Mr Green being a subject of his britannic Majesty, emigrated to America after the treaty of peace in 1783, and by his residence & taking the requisite oaths became a citizen of the United States. He afterwards entered into a contract with certain British Merchants established at Ostend: and on a...
South Quay, 25 Feb. 1781 . “Agreeable to the within information,” Calvert has seized the trunk and has found no letters in it, but rather a quantity of “valuable dry Goods”; wishes to know what is to be done with them. By law the Naval Office is open from ten to three; this prevents Calvert from attending muster; and, on account of his feet, he believes himself entitled to exemption from...
By the Presidents order Bw Dandridge returns the draft of a letter to Mr Pinckney, to the Secy of State—& informs him that the President has given it his approbation. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. The date was taken from a note on it that reads, “file Dec. 8. 1794.” The draft has not been identified. It probably was for Randolph’s letter to Thomas Pinckney of 9 Dec., which reads: “I...
I wrote to you by direction of the President from Cumberland the 18 Inst: but on our arrival here last evening we found that the Express who carried the letter had been stopped & thrown into prison at this place on account of some expressions he had used, which were not relished by the soldiery. The President directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 14, which met him...
By the President’s order Bw Dandridge transmits to the Secy of State, the draft of the Proclamation in order that it may be copied for the Presidents signature, after wch the President wishes the draft to be returned to him. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. The enclosed draft of GW’s proclamation of 24 Feb. has not...
(Translation) Sir, Philadelphia 30 Prairial 2 year of the French Republic one & indivisible. (18. June 1794) I have this moment received a letter from the Consul of the French Republic, at Boston, informing me that his suspicions relative to the conduct of Mr Gore have been realised—notwithstanding the opinion of the attornies, notwithstanding the opinion of C. Sullivan, notwithstanding even...
Je Suis chargé par le Conseil Exécutif de la République française de notifier au Gouvernement des Etats-unis, le décrét de la Convention Nationale dont j’ai l’honneur de joindre ici copie. Ce décrét en conservant à nos vaisseaux le Pavillon tricolor, n’a fait qu’en chasser l’alliage de Monarchie qu’on y avait lainé Subsister; ces restes d’un régime honteux ne méritent plus de déparer par leur...
Une nouvelle publication de Messieurs Jay et King dont vous trouverez un exemplaire ci joint m’oblige de recourir encore à votre Ministère. Vous verrez par cet écrit que ces M.M. ont aggravé Singulièrement leurs offenses envers la France, envers Son délégué 1° en associant à leur calomnie Messieurs Knox et Hamilton l’un Secretaire de la guerre, l’autre Secretaire des Finances; 2° en faisant...
[ Philadelphia, July 9, 1794. On July 12, 1794, Randolph acknowledged Hamilton’s “letter of the 9th. instant.” Letter not found. ]
I send you copies of two letters one from me to The Collector of Charlestown of September 4th & another from the comptroller to the same Officer of October 6th, on the subject of a construction which has been given in that port to the rules of the President & the Act of Congress of last session concerning the equipping of armed Vessels. I fear much mischief has ensued from this construction...
I have the honor to inclose for your consideration Sundry papers relative to certain Certificates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, originally issued in lieu of Continental Certificates and lately offered to be subscribed to the Loan in state debt continued by an Act of the 8th. of March 1792, entitled “An Act Supplementary to the Act making provision for the debt of the United States.” The...
[ Philadelphia, June 27, 1794. On July 1, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “In answer to the letter which you did me honor of writing to me on the 27th ultimo.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, February 12, 1791. In a letter dated February, 1791, Randolph referred to Hamilton’s “letter of February, 12th: 1791.” Letter not found. ]
Remarks on Lord Grenvilles project of a Commercial Treaty made at the request of E Randolph Esquire   Secty of States A   Inasmuch as the light house duties, which are excepted , constitute an additional charge on Vessels of the UStates beyond those of G. Britain in British Ports, this article, which puts British vessels in our ports exactly upon the same footing with ours wants reciprocity....
I cannot entertain a doubt that Mr. Jaudenes request for a guard ought to be complied with. The protection due to a foreign Minister is absolute and the courtesy of nations dictates that military means shall be used in cases where there may be doubt of the adequateness of the civil—as here where the menace of assassination may require an armed guard. Nor have I the least doubt that the...
I had taken it for granted, from the general spirit of the transaction, that the first installment to the Bank of the United States of the loan mentioned in the within Agreement of the 25 of June last became payable on the 1st of January of the present year. But upon examining the Agreement, a doubt arises whether that intention be consistent with the tenor of the Instrument or how far the Act...
[ Philadelphia, February 14 1791. In a letter dated February, 1791, Randolph referred to Hamilton’s “letter of the 14th: February.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, January 16, 1794. On January 18, 1794, Randolph acknowledged the receipt of Hamilton’s “letter of the 16th. instant.” Letter not found. ]
My letter of the second Instant will have fulfilled your wish, as to the voucher for the money remitted at your request to Mr. Jay. If you will pay the nine Hundred Dollars concerning the payment to Mr. Skipwith to the Cashier of the Bank of the United States and declare the object of the payment, that matter will be put right. The advance by the Bank was informal & has not come upon the...
Agreeably to your request I have made inquiry concerning the copper of which an offer was some time since made for the use of the Public by the proprietors or Managers of a Mine in New Jersey. The result appears in the inclosed papers. On more particular examination, I found that The Director of the Mint is expressly charged with procuring Copper for its use. This discovery terminates my...
[ Philadelphia, June 7, 1792. On June 10, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “your favor of the 7 Instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, September 3, 1794. On September 5, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton “in answer to his letter of the 3d instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 25, 1792. On June 26, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “your communication of yesterday.” Letter not found. ]
The letter herewith from the comptroller of the Treasury to me and the papers accompanying it will suggest to your consideration some important questions upon which I request your opinion. There are also claims upon the public under the following circumstances respecting which I should be glad to have the benefit of your Judgement. Officers sometimes acting in boards, sometimes individually...
[ Philadelphia, May 16, 1794. On May 16, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “the note of the Secretary of the Treasury this morning.” Letter not found. ]
On a reperusal of the letter from the Governor of Virginia which I mentioned to you, I find that the proposal is to submit the Question to the Supreme Court of the United States at its next term. With the approbation of the President and in conformity to your opinion I have informed the Governor that the Question would be submitted as proposed. It will therefore remain for you to concert with...
[ Philadelphia, December 10, 1790. On July 9, 1791, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “In answering your communication of the 10th. of december last.” Letter not found. ] Randolph, a native of Virginia, was an aide-de-camp to George Washington in 1775, a member of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1783, governor of Virginia from 1786 to 1789, and attorney general of the United States from 1789...