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As none of the Eminent Statesmen of the Country was more Early, or deeply impressed by the great importance of our national Fisheries, and navigation; and as no one has made more constant Exertions, than you have done, to Establish these Rights; I have taken the Liberty to send you a copy of a Speech that I delivered in the Senate during the last session of Congress, upon an occasion, in...
I received your letter of the Sixth of September which I read with pleasure and thank you for the freedom you have manifested in disclosing your thoughts on the subject. To err in judgement is an infirmity to which the wisest of men are liable, but I sincerely hope that our rulers will be endued with that wisdom that which is profitable to direct in this day of peculiar trial and the liberties...
The House of Representatives agree to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the states of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations;” They have concurred in the bill, entitled “An act to alter the times for holding the circuit courts of the United States, in the districts of South Carolina and...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit to the President of the United States, Triplicates of a Statement of Expenditures upon the funds heretofore appropriated for defraying the contingent Expenses of Government up to the 31st of December last All which is respectfully submitted / by. MHi : Adams Papers.
We beg leave to confirm reverently our Letter of 21 Inst. when we were So Joifull of the happy event, that it prevented us to reflect on the date of your Exc s. favour, wh ch. to our astonishment we Observed Since to be 8 Nov. whilst we only received the Same by the mail of 15 Nov:. We have enquired if any omission at the Posthouse was Committed, from which this neglect proceeded, but not...
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 have perused the pamphlet you did me the honor to submit to my perusal last Saturday. It furnishes one of those items which prove in detail the general position that has been established in my mind for more than twelve years— That its author was the father of American Independence . In this conviction there is no merit and nothing strange—But to have predicted, while the Patriarch of the new...
As there was a degree of heat not usual in Senate, when the question was taken on the second reading of the Cunsular bill sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, I think it incumbent to submit the journal to your correction on that question, & on the two last acts of Senate in their Legislative capacity; relying that if they are not perfectly right, you will be so good as to...
I should have before this used mÿ priviledge of writing to you, had I not been informed by the Rev. Smith, who did me the pleasure to dine with us, that you Sir, with your respected family enjoy’d a perfect health—He had been a classmate of your son Boylston, and was profuse in his encomiums on the Rev. Ernat —He delighted to instil in Mr Mappa and me the high opinion you fostered of that...
Having for more than a year devoted much of my time to an inquiry relating to war—that terrible scourge of guilty nations—I am desirous of having the fruits of my inquiries examined by men whose talents, situations and prospects will enable them to judge impartially. The Rev. Mr Norton informed me that you had condescended to read my writings on some other Subjects. This has excited a hope...
By an arrival this morning from Greenich we hope accounts from London to the 9th August, by which it appears that there is an official confirmation of the Dutch Fleet having Sailed from the Texel—that the approach of a Certain body of Troops near to Paris had created the most Serious alarm, and Commotion—that the Negotiations at Lisle were said to be broken off, for the moment, for the...
As I feel sensible of the honor of your correspondence, I cannot permit myself to be in your debt on that Score, especially as my Letters are attended with no expence. I find Sir—I am highly hon’d in making the Tour of the United States in your company, and It is the fin I trust I hope our travels, & our example will not be without its salutary influence on at least a portion of Our fellow...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your highly esteemed favor of the 14th. current, and to ask your pardon for not doing it sooner, which has been prevented by particular engagements, In my attempts to arouse the military genius of my fellow Countrymen, your declarations of approbation and coincidence of sentiment, are no Small encouragment and Support. I do not recollect, to have seen the...
J’ai l’honneur de vous envoyer par le Courrier d’Aujourd’hui & d’après les ordres de Mr. Jefferson un Ouvrage du Dr Priestly, intitulé: “Doctrines of heathen Philosophy compared with those of revelation” c’est le seul exemplaire que j’ai pu trouver à Philadelphie. Vous l’auriez reçu relié , si Mr. Jefferson n’eût pas souhaité qu’il vous parvînt, without delay . Je profite avec empressement de...
I had the honor to write to you under date of the second of November, at which time the congress of the last year was at the point of seperation to make way for their successors—states sufficient to form a new Congress did not assemble until the 23 d. ult. when they proceeded to the choice of a President, and M r Hancock, although absent, was elected—whether he will accept the Appointment is...
I have the Honor to inform You that the Commission to Jacob Graybell Marshal for the District of Maryland being granted for the Town of four years only will expire on the 10th of this Month. It is but Justice to say of this Gentleman that he has been an active diligent and faithful officer: and I think a reappointment of him will give great Satisfaction. With every Sentiment of respect / I am...
I have the honor to inclose herewith, two printed copies of abstracts of calculations relative to the longitude of the Capitol, in this City from Greenwich Observatory, in England.—These calculations were entered into, and completed, to lay a foundation for the establishment of a first meridian for the United States of America at the Seat of their government, according to the original plan of...
Permit me to request you to accept of the enclosed address to the Clergy. Their systematic opposition to our government evinces a spirit equally hostile to Christianity and the real interests of their country. How far I have succeeded in exposing their misconduct you will judge. I wish some abler pen, and one more at leisure, had undertaken & more fully investigated the subject. What is your...
My Concern for your Welfare induced me carefully to watch the Weather till I conjectured you had got to the End of your Journey, and I have the Pleasure of believing it has been more agreable than one might have expected at this Season. I hope you found Mrs. Adams and Family in a confirmd State of Health. I will not envy you, but I earnestly wish to enjoy, at least for a few Weeks, domestick...
I am honored with your letter of the 25th, the content of which gave me much pleasure, not only because you agreed to send my letters on to Congress from time to time, but also because it was filled with agreeable conversation about interesting matters. We must wait for confirmation about the taking of the British East Indiamen off the Cape of Good Hope by the French squadron, before it can be...
On my return from Virginia I found in the Commissioners Office, a letter from the Secretary of the Navy dated 2d instant containing the following sentence “In a conversation with the President this morning, he mentioned to me, that he should not adopt Mr Whites advice to take for his residence one of General Washingtons houses or Mr. Carrolls, but was determined to occupy the house intended...
Mr. King’s letters brought by General Maitland, & which I have now decyphered, exhibit the tenor of his conversations with the British ministry concerning the commerce of St. Domingo. It is plain that they contemplate the independence of that French colony, as a very possible—or rather, a very probable event. They have considered its effects upon the future condition of their own colonies in...
We receive this morning of M r. Lotter the honour of your esteemed favour of 3 d. aug. with the key of the Small trunck, this Small trunk with a large one was brought to the house of Mess rs. Willink Friday night and they will keep the same in good Custody at the disposal of your Excellency. We also take notice you have accepted at their house Two Bills drawn by M rs. Adams, which shall duely...
There are certain Subjects which become more eligibly communicated in writing than in Person. among these are priorly ranked such as have a personal reference; hence my apology for this mode of requesting once more a renewal of your influence with the President & Mr. Jefferson towards my attainment of such a situation in the foreign employ of my Country as I may be capable of fitting with...
In the Gazette of Amsterdam of the 4 th: of March which has this day come to hand, we read, On débite que les Etats-Unis de l’Amerique nommeront un nouveau Ministre auprès de cette République, à la place de M r: Jean Adams, qui se trouve actuellement à Paris, et qui aussitot après avoir reçu la ratification du Congrès, reviendra ici pour prendre congé, et partira ensuite avec M r: Van Berkel à...
The Senate proceeded to consider the Message of the President of the United States of the 7th. instant and the nomination contained therein, of The Honorable John Marshall, Esqr. of Virginia, to be Secretary of the department of War, in the place of the Honorable James McHenry, Esqr. who has requested that he may be permitted to resign, and that his resignation be accepted, to take place on...
The joyfull News of the Surrender of General Burgoin and all his Army to our Victorious Troops prompted me to take a ride this afternoon with my daughter to Town to join to morrow with my Friends in thanksgiving and praise to the Supreem Being who hath so remarkably deliverd our Enimies into our Hands. And hearing that an express is to go of tomorrow morning, I have retired to write you a few...
I beg you to be assured, my ever honourd & venerated Uncle, that we sympathize most sincerely with you in your late affliction. But while one friend after another drops around you, I know you have all the consolations which Philosophy and Religion can afford; and how inexhaustible are they !— My dear Aunt, I know, will rouse all the energies of her great and noble mind to sustain the shock....
I am duly honord with your very polite and Freindly favour of the 25th. Ultimo for which I pray your acceptance of my best thanks. I hasten to inform you the Dove will be ready to depart the latter end of next Week and any Commands that you have to convey by her shall be taken particular care of and delivered safe in America if she is fortunate enough to arrive safe, if not I can rely on the...
I hasten to send your Excellencÿ another letter from mÿ solitarÿ mansion. before the united American Electors have called you to occupy the chair of their President. It would have been a pleasant satisfaction if I could have contributed to it my part. it seems this must not so be, but you know my heart. Once—in my life—I begged of a man in place the favor, to be classed among the electors that...
I have already written you a very long letter in answer to your favour of the 8th: instt:—and after writing it, upon reading it over concluded the best disposition I could make of it would be to burn it—Accordingly the flames have consumed it, and I must begin again. Your answers and observations upon my inquiries respecting the impressment of our seamen by the British are of the highest...
I write you once more from this city. the Trenton River is impassable and has prevented my sitting out. we hope however that the Rain may clear it. I Sent Townsend of to day; I have heard Some of the democratic rejoicing such as Ringing Bells & fireing cannon; what an inconsistancy said a Lady to me to day, the Bells of Christ Church ringing peals of rejoicing for an Infidel president! The...
Your Letter of 18 January 1806 Per post Came duly to hand and I Assure you that it gave Me greate pleasure,—for which be pleased to Except My Most Greatefull Thanks—until Very Lately I had no Subject that I thought Worthy of my the Notice of your Superior Mind—The Rever John Murry of Boston Lately paid Me A Short Visit As An Old frind that took him by the hand When he Was A Strainger in this...
I herewith transmit to you a letter from Mr. King, which I only receivd yesterday, accompanying a complaint made by the Swedish Charge des affaires against two American Captains for an injury done a swedish vessel & an insult offerd to their flag. I have written to day to the collector of Charleston South Carolina at which port the two persons complaind of were commissioned requesting him to...
I Assure myself, that your Excellency will permit me to offer my Congratulations to you on your Excellencys being publickly Acknowledged Minister of the United States. I am rejoiced at this Event for your Excellencys Honor, as well as for the Interest of our Country—you will believe me, I am Confident, when I say I feel for both, and both are in good Hands. Go on in your Noble Career; I Know...
I have to acknowledge the Honor of the Receipt of yours of the 5th. Instant, and shall think myself fortunate if by writeing or Otherwise, I can in the least Contribute to the Good of my Country, or Advantage of my Native Colony. It is not Surpriseing that Jealousies do Subsist, and that Misrepresentations have been made, respecting our Colony by some , But Such will be despised, by the Wise...
I have the honor to enclose the copy of the resolves respecting rank passed the 24 November 1778 which are the basis of all the rules which are in operation. I have written to the Secretary of War this day upon the subject of officers, and enclosed him the list of the field officers for three regiments of the augmented army which might be raised in this State. I am under the necessity of...
Vous avez sans doute vu dans les journaux que le congrés s’occuppe d’eriger un monument à la memoire de l’immortel G. Wachington; j’aurois intention de faire un modéle de ce monument, comme je trouve differents inconvénients, a éxécuter le plan projetté par la résolution de 1783 je desirerois faire part de mes idées au committé chargé d’en faire le rapport; n’étant connu d’aucun de ces...
ALS : Massachusetts Historical Society If you write to this Mr. Barnes, please to acquaint him that the Reason he had no Answer from me to his Letter was because he did not send word where he lodged. I agree to the 5 Guineas. Written on the back of Thomas Barnes’s letter to JA of Aug. 25, which had been sent care of “Monsieur Franquelen a passis.” That letter, now missing, was written on Aug....
My Lecture was intended to warn you against imprudently expressing your feelings even in a good cause, and to guard you against misconstruction. I know your heart, and how utterly incapable you are of so selfish a feeling as that I mentioned in my last; but every body has not the same acquaintance with you, and are therefore liable to misjudge you—Your reason for making your visits less...
The Rev d. Doctor Provost is so obliging as to take Charge of this Letter together with other Dispatches which he will deliver to you.— This Gentleman being elected by the Convention of episcopal Congregations in this State, and having the most express Recommendations from that Body, as well as from a general Convention lately held at Wilmington, is going over to be consecrated a Bishop.—...
The House of Representatives have agreed to the amendment of the Senate, to their amendment to the bill, entitled “An act to accept a cession of the claims of the state of North Carolina to a certain district of western territory.” Printed Source--Senate Journal.
I beg leave to recommend to your good offices, and friendly protection, the bearer Mrs. Mercer of this city, the widow of the late Mr. Richard Mercer Purveyor General of the Suthern Hopital of the United States. Mr. Mercer was formerly a respectable merchant in Charleston, South Carolina; and in addition to very considerable losses, which he sustained by the war his family suffered the severe...
It has been repeatedly mentioned to me that you have, on different occasions, asserted the existence of a British Faction in this Country, embracing a number of leading or influential characters of the Fœderal Party (as usually denominated) and that you have sometimes named me, at other times plainly alluded to me, as one of this description of persons: And I have likewise been assured that of...
Having observed in the papers that the reason assigned for your declining to accept the invitation on the 4h. was on account of indisposition Mr. Adams and myself are anxious to hear from you and to be assured that it was rather the dread of over fatigue than real indisposition which caused your refusal to attend. It would have been altogether improper to make such an exertion and I rejoice...
Your affectionate and instructing letter of Decemr 2nd. did not reach me ‘till yesterday. I Embrace with my Affections, as well as my judgement that form of Government which you have proved from so many Authorities, to be the only One that can preserve political happiness. It was my attachment to a constitution composed of three branches, that first deprived me of the Confidence of the Whigs...
I shall endeavor to write largely to you, en Ami, but I will not risque the Sailing of the Vessel for that Purpose, at this moment. It is reported Mr. Searle is taken; our Affairs in Holland must in such Case be very bad as you will not have received any Powers for acting instead of Mr. Laurens who is too probably taken and carried to England from New foundland. And I also know of other...
The Senate of the U. States, request you to accept their acknowledgements, for the comprehensive and interesting detail, you have given, of the existing state of the Union.— And while we regret the necessity of the present meeting, we wish to express our entire approbation of your conduct, in convening the Legislature, on this momentous occasion.— As the Guardianship of our national Faith,...
What a sad lesson against anarchy is indeed my honored & respected friend to be learnt, in the accts fm France! St. Bartholemew with all its horrors is again passing in review & sickens & astonishes the eye—I will not repeat the dismal tale you must have it in all its particulars before this can reach you—And surely every man not devoid of good policy & humanity will join you in deprecating a...
Having an Opportunity by M r De Valnais—I take the Liberty of writing you once more on the Subject of my Affair with M r Robarts I have rec d a Letter from him in Ans r. to that which I did myself the honour to inclose to your Excellency—He thinks that in my Adjustment at Boston I did not act fairly in not including him on for the joint Notes of my Brother & myself to Warburton & Randal—I did...