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I believe you may not have seen these before If so they may be Pleasing—at the same time I know you dont want to be troubled with all the Papers of the United States; But this One I Esteem the best that is Printed in this City, so fare at least as relates to foreign News, should it give you half an howers gratification for the loss of time; I shall be amply rewarded for thus sending, at some...
The receiveing a letter from you was a pleaseing favour which I had look’d for some time, and in answer as relates to the Engraving of the ground plan of the University the letter that accompany s this will put you in possession of wat you request to know. Mr. M. is a Gentleman of the first Ability s in that art in this City and the date of Estimate will show that I had not neglected the...
It would be proper for me to apologize for this Intrusion on your retirement was it not at the request of Col n Peyton who wishes me to advise you of the script of One Hundred Dollars which I have placed to your Accnt. It came to hand this day the Col n took this most Prompt & Proper means to expedite Buisness; he obtained an order from One of the Banks in Richmond upon one of the Banks in...
When last I had the Pleasure of seeing you, I think you had a desire to have your Picture cleaned & repaired, and which you then Postponed on account of your being likely to be from home at the time you would wish to superintend the work, If you now have time to attend to them and feel the same disposition, it would give me much gratification to Pay you a Visit for that Purpose, I have nothing...
You must not consider me importunate but if you please consider my applycation in the following manner. Viz I have at a considerable distance from this place made a contract which ought to have been fulfiled on the first of April (or to forfeit a sum of money. it is now the 17 th day and I have not been able to comply in consequences I am not only likely to lose my forfiture but also lose a...
The day after receiving your last favour 30 of September I rode over to mr Maverick. I Called on him a few days back and understand, that work is Compleated and in your Possession I hope it does meet with your Entire Approbation. I now have the Pleaseur of Informing you that on the 15 th of Last Month I shiped in good Order, and in duble Cases the whole of your Ornaments for Bedford House, and...
I cant help Expressing my great disapointment at not being favored with an answer to my Solicitaions so Long Past, I know that I am to you a Stranger and on that accnt feel sorry to trouble or Intrude on your time or retirement, but at the same time having executed busts of all the other Presidents its proper to have yours I have also a considerable wish to Employ my talents on your bust to...
On looking over M r Jefferson Paintings I find som of them will want much doing to and som not so much except that all must be well Varnished, I think they will take in time fifty days I Value my My time when I am employed at five Dollars ⅌ day, but in the case of M r Jeffersons Pictures I shall say three Dollars ⅌ day. There are I think fifty Paintings and therefore the expences can easily be...
After having promised to see you in person and to undertake the management of One of your Cisterns in N ov last, I Can scarcely tell what to say in externation unless it is to beg pardon if I have given any disappointment; the fact is, time has so slipped thro’ my fingers in a manner I cannot well account for, and untill the present moment, I have not had the satisfaction of informing you that...
Hon bl Tho s Jefferson D st To W m John. Coffee To goods Shiped on the 16 of last December 1822 { as follows 20 Human masks in Composition at $1.25. Each 25.00 24 ox sulls in Composition at $1 36—Each 32.64
notes on the Roman Cement This Cement is not A Composition It is A natural production of A Very Extraodinary Kind I think it is Very Common in this Country, and Som future time I shall troubl you to Asist me in finding it out as I well understand the maner of manufatre and Application, and tharefor my Observation s to you as to the maner of usesing it may be depended on All the new and...
About the midle of this month it was your request to have the ornaments for Bedford house, as well as the ornaments for the university they are all, in great fordwardness and will be redy for shipment on the Last of this month, no time has been Lost since I have been at home or have I applyed a single hour to any other Employ ment so very Laboreous & difficult has been this undertaking. but my...
It is a long time since I have had, wat I may truly call the pleasure of any communication with you, I assure you sir—it would be very pleasing to know that you engoy the Blessings of good health, and as I have no other way but from your self would beg that Honor confered, should you hold willingness and time so cheape. I would also beg to be permited to ask the state of the university. hope...
Your Lettere of the 30 Last Month was received and on it’s arrival I felt much gratification from the Honor your kind Attention showed me. I am glad you are satisfyed that every thing has been Properly sent, to you, and to M r Brocknibro, but am sorry that Col o Peyton should have been so little attentive to my directions but those are matters of small importancs to the Col o and Therefor do...
I arrived in New York on the 18 of July much fatigued with a Journey of 1203 miles by land, that is from Monticello to Canada & from Canada to N. York Via—Albany, and as Soon as I was recoverd from a slight Indisposition owing to the Heat of the Season, I search out the proper person for the Information you wished to have as related to your Engine, At N o 293 Pearl, St. New, York lives a Man...
Your goodness will Please to Excuse this Application for as Circumstances stand, it is not to be avoided, I think I stated to you in mine of the 15. Last Febr y my Intentions to leave this City on the first day of April and wishing to be as Punctual as I can to any Contract made, I have tharfore packed up all my moveables. My House is Let and myself only waiting your very obligeing remittance...
That no time might be lost I Called on M r Maverick the same day I recivd your favour dated the 5. Jan y which came to hand not till the 14 th I stated to him your wishes and the following in his answer Viz that owing to Ill health his business has out of necesity being neglected, that now they are in hand and will Positiveliy be forwarded to Richmond from this City in the whole of the...
I Am Sorry to Intrude on y retirement tharfor I hope you kind ness to me will Excuse my present Application for you Asistanes Acording to your former promies that of Sending of Imeaditly those boxes Containg my Laboure s I fear much they will be Spoilt and tharfor let me prevail on you Indulgence I hav wrote so mainy time to mr Randolph and not having recevd the favor of Any kind of Answer am...
It gives me much pleasure to hear, your arm is in a State of recovery but Cant help saying that your moste Active mind must take care that you dont weary or take Cold in the fracture as you know at this season of the year thair is much fragility in the bones of a leg or an Arm, it would be to you a grievous misfortune to have a second fracture, and a Publick Affliction and from this happiness...
As I promised you at when at monticello , so had I previous to the reciept of your Verey pleaseing and welcom Commission made moste of the necessary Inquires with relation to your Cisterrns, to day I have as fare as I can completed my Inquires on that Subject. A Part of duty I owe to you past Kindness. [Duch Terras] thar is no Such thing in this City thare was som yeares Ago Imported Such A...
Some time ago, M r Antrim The Plastorer for the University, called on me with Drawings for ornaments to decorate the in side of the Rotondo, and requested that I would state to M r Brockingbrow the terms on which I would execute them, this I did in as plain a manner as I could, but owing to something I have not receved any reply to those terms so long sent in, or to a letter since sent to M r...
The Subject of which I write I believ you are Acquainted with by the Honorabl Thos Jefferson & lines he wrote to me relates to my being Employed—to take a Small Bust of you Head—I have being Employed by Mr J. Madison & his Excellence Mr Munro & many others of celebrity—in June last at Monticelo Mr Jefferson Inform’d me he had wrote to you on the Subject and of you willingness to admit me to...
I herewith send you a copy of “ Inside Out ,” a work lately published in this City, for the benefit of its Author —which you will please to accept from him. Divested of his profession, and with a dependent family, without the means of acquiring a livelihood but by the labours of his pen, he has made trifling attempt at Authorship in the compiling of this work, with the hope in some degree, of...
I herewith send you a copy of “Inside Out”, a work just published in this city for the benefit of its Author, which you will please to accept from him . Divested of his profession, and with a dependant family, without the means of acquiring a livelihood but by the labours of his pen, he has made a trifling attempt at Authorship in the compiling of this work, with the hope in some degree of...
I herewith send you a copy of “ Inside Out ” —a work just published in this City, for the benefit of its Author. Divested of his profession, and with a dependant family, without the means of acquiring a livelihood, but by the labours of his pen, he has made a trifling attempt at authorship, in the compiling of this work, with the hope, in Some degree, of advancing his pecuniary views....
Will you Oblidge me, so far as to inform me, the Names of the Seventeen Members of the House of representatives of Massachusets, who rescinded their Notes By direction or rather a ‘Mandate, (if I am correct,) of Governer Hutcheson’—and what year that was in, and on what Occasion those resolutions had been Passed, that he the Sd Govener was so anxious Should be rescinded—was it not on account...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I Refer your Excellency to Mr Sayers Letter Which he Says will apologize for my Addressing you: Tho I am Conscious that a disposition to Render To Our Country, is always Sufficient ground for it. I have myself been made a Prisoner & it may Soon Be my Lot Again Consequntly I feel most Sensibly The Superiority of the English at Sea. It is Therfore With Great...
A few days past, I observed in the National Ægis of the 4th Sepr. 1822—a letter Signed Jhon Adams, dated Montezello Augt 11—which letter I believe has Some Reference to A letter I wrote from Amsterdam to Paris, directed to Mr Thaxter your then Private secretary, agreeable to your directions to him, wishing me give you all the information in my Power, concerning the Whale & Cod Fisheries—a...
While your great application to Public business increases the number of your friends (Especially in this Commonwealth) it cannot fail to multiply the Applications of those who must Consequently feel themselves distress’d at the very Idea of an Alien duty (much talk’d of by the Brittish Court as we are inform’d) on the Article of Spermocetei Oil; the use of which has never been much Known in...
Permit me Sir, to ask of you one Small favour, that is to write a few lines to the Presdent of the United States in behalf of my Son Alex Coffin junr, for the appointment of Surveyer of the Port of New York, it is understood that General Swift, who now fills that office, will Resign soon after the meeting of Congress in Decm next, And on that supposition, I make to you this application. The...
I wrote you on the 22d. ult. and forwarded you a Coppy of my letter which I wrote from Amsterdam to your Secretary at Paris in 1782 together with a Coppy of a letter I wrote to Mr Saml. Adams from Nantucket in June 1785—on the same Subject of the Fisherys, with Some observations thereon—and not receiving any answer from you whether you have recd them or not, I am somewhat apprehensive they...
Without any personal acquaintance we take the liberty to address you, in relation to two gentleman holding Offices in this City, under the general government, deriving their appointments thro’ the nomination, & liable to be removed by the President of the United States— We are not insensible, that in the exercise of your constitutional prerogative, there has been a constant regret on your...
Be pleas’d to accept the inclosed little Poem, presented by the Author, as a small testimonial, of the respect He has for you, and to whom he has taken the liberty to make the dedication;—The Poem you will perceive attempt to celibrate an important & glorious event of the Revolution. In fact it my Justly be call’d the opening scene of the Drama. I will now Sir, make a Poets apology for the...
§ From Alexander Coffin Jr. 31 October 1805, Hudson. “I Yesterday received a letter written by Mr. Jacob Wagner by your direction expressing your Opinion of the expediency of my prosecuting an appeal from the sentence of the Vice admiralty Court of Colombo in the case of the Penman, but Sir I apprehend that you must have forgotten to return the papers I left with you, as without them we can do...
I have only been able to obtain one Of the nuts of the Vegetable soap, which I inclose, & which I hope will prove acceptable. The manner the Javanese use it is, to cut the nut in two, then wet the Cloth, & rub it on ’till the Soapy Quality of the nut be totally extracted, which it will by this friction. By a Chemical Analises the Quantity, & Quality of each component part might doubtless be...
Altho’ a painful task to me to be Oblij’d to address you on a subject so very distressing to my feelings yet beleiving it a duty which I owe to myself, my owners, & my Country, I could not forego the unpleasant task. I am sensible, Sir, that I am addressing one of the first officers of the freest, & one of the greatest nations on Earth, & I Know also that I do not possess the power to express...
On my arrival lately at New York from England, on Parole, in the Cartel Ship Robinson Potter I was inform’d by some of my friends that, in all probability, one or two new appointments would shortly be made in that City, in the room of the present incumbents Viz. the Marshall & Surveyor of the District. They therefore advisd me to apply personally to your Excellency for the appointment to one...
Accompanying this you will receive an Abstract of American Seamen, Registered in this District during the first quarter of the present year. I am very respectfully your obedt. servt. DNA : RG 59—Correspondence with Collector of Customs Regarding Impressed Seamen.
Shortly after my arrival in England last August, your invaluable present of two wild Turkies were landed in England and received by my Friends the Messrs. Earles of Liverpool. I had set out on my Travels, and your obliging Letter reached me only a few days since. You have done more for me than all my Relations and friends have been able to accomplish in seven years. The Birds are placed under...
I now take the Liberty to Address a few lines to you to enquire after your welfare—I had the honour to be Introduced to your Excellency by my Freind Doctor George Logan when I was at the City of Washington with a Petition from the Inhabitants of the Island of Nantucket to Congress in Feb’y AD. 1803 . I have been Elected again a Senator for Nantucket and Dukes County in our State Legislature....
These will inform you that I have received a letter this morning from Nantucket informing me that the Federalists of our Island a large number of them with Capn. Gideon Gardner have Recommended one Daniel B: Hussey son of Stephen Hussey Esqr. (our late Collector who died last month) to fill the said office of Collector of the Customs at Nantucket which I was very much surprised to hear; the...
In your dignified retirement I much fear my application to you for a second Supply of wild Turkies will induce you to believe me void of Modesty and Forbearance. Two as you know out of the Six survived the Voyage, they have repeatedly deserted & have as often been secured. They are much admired by all our country Gentlemen, but have not bred to the extent contemplated. I am most anxious to...
I take the Liberty to Address a few Lines to you to enquire after your welfare I had the Honour to be Introduced to your Excellency last February by my Friend Doctor Logan when I was at the City of Washington with a Petition to Congress from our Town; I have been again Elected a Senator in our State Legislature for this County—My Friend Matthew Barney one of the Society Called Quakers a...
Now that you have quitted the Helm of your Country & retired to private Life, on which Occasion I most sincerely congratulate you & Mrs. Madison, you may be able to recollect the kind promise made some time since to procure me some wild Turkies. Should you succeed, I dare hope Mr. Todd will find some Friend at Baltimore, who will take charge of them, & in the event of their being consigned to...
I wrote you some time ago, but not knowing whither you had Received the Letter, thought I would write to you again on the same subject, I Received a Letter from Nantucket last Mail informing me that our Collector of the Customs there, was very unwell and that some of our people of that Island had Recommended his Son Daniel B. Hussey as a person suitable to succeed him in the said Office and...
I beg leave to approach the president of the United States in A Communication which I Believe to be of the Utmost Importance to Every planter And Gardener in this Country. Reposing An Invarable Confidence in the Exalted person I Now Address I venture to disclose the Mode of Proceeding which I have found to be Successfull in Destroying the Insect that Destroys Our fruit Trees. My Method of...
In March 1797 I made an application to the Secretary of War for a furlough, and as this was not answered—I had occasion to renew it. On the 8th of May 1798 he wrote to Major Rivardi as follows—“Doctor Coffin’s application for a furlough will be attended to, and as soon as a Surgeon or Mate can be had to supply his place while absent, his request may be complied with.” Since this I have heard...
Boston, October 11, 1800. “If you have not found it convenient to have placed my claim against the United States for Compensation for doing the duty of Quarter Master at Fort Niagara in a train for settlement, I will thank you to forward it to me, that I may offer it to the accountant of the War Department for payment.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Coffin, a Massachusetts...
I duly received your letter prolonging my furlough to the 31st ultimo, for which I offer my thanks. As soon as my health would permit after this date, I set out for your head quarters, but have been detained here in consequence of a relapse into the Ague & Fever. I shall proceed to New York so soon as my strength will permit—in the mean time I am Sir, very Respectfully, your obedt. hum:...
On the 2d instant in leaping from a Sleigh, under great velocity, I fell with such prodigious force against an icy road, as nearly to have deprived me of life instantly. Since this accident, from which I am now recovering, I have been confined to my chamber. I am by this misfortune incapacitated, at present, to repair to your head quarters. I shall therefore Sir, esteem it a particular favour,...