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I am sensible of the delay in acknowledging your letter of and regret it. But apart from the crippled condition of my health, which almost forbids the use of the pen, I could not forget that I was to speak of occurrences after a lapse of 20 years, & at an age in its 84th year; circumstances so readily and for the most part, justly referred to, as impairing the confidence due to recollections &...
Letter not found : to Brig. Gen. William Winds, 28 June 1778. On 30 June, Winds wrote GW : “Your favour of the 28th has stopp’d My Moving again towards you.”
I just now recd yours of Saturday. I have ordered Genl Woodfords Brigade to cross the North River, and Yesterday directed Genl Maxwell to move up with his Brigade as far as the strong Grounds to the Westward of Acquaquenunk Bridge. I hope these troops with the addition of the Militia will keep the Enemy from extending themselves into the Country. I am &ca. Df , in Tench Tilghman’s writing,...
I this morning received your Letter of Yesterday and was much concerned to find that you had declined advancing to join this Army or to act in this Quarter. Your aid I deem of great importance, and if you are not too far beyond Brunswic when this reaches you, I must request that you will immediately face about and proceed as expeditiously as you can with the Troops under you, to Spotswood,...
J. Madison requests the favor of Mr. Wingate to dine with him, on Thursday next, at Four o’clock. An answer is requested. ICHi .
Notes on the subject of the Consular convention between the US. & France. In 1784. a convention was entered into between Dr. Franklin & the Count de Vergennes concerning Consuls. it contained many things absolutely inadmissible by the laws of the several states, & inconsistent with their genius & character. Dr. Franklin not being a lawyer, & the projet offered by the Ct. de Vergennes being a...
Your favor of the 7th. was duly recieved, and I now return you the papers No. 1. 2. 3. 7. 8. 9. as you desired. Nos. 4. 5. 6. tho’ mentioned in your letter, were not inclosed in it. the business has been settled in the Senate, as my nomination had been previously given in, before I had recieved any information on the subject. Accept my thanks for the communication which has rendered useful...
I return you the volume you were pleased to send for my perusal. the piety and patriotism of your views merit high commendation, and I am sensible of the honor of your proposition that I should undertake a cooperation in them with you. but I am now too old to embark in new enterprizes, and particularly to undertake a journey to Washington to communicate it to the Senators. recommending...
I recieved yesterday yours of Apr. 8. accompanied by a Manuscript volume of your interpretation of the Revelations, & their application to Napoleon Bonaparte . you request me to read it, to take minutes from it, to converse on it with Joseph Bonaparte , and to write to you the result. I am 400. miles from that gentleman , never was, and probably never shall be nearer to him. and my occupations...
The death of mrs Carr , my sister, which took place a few days ago, and the desire that she should be buried here by the side of her husband , induce me to trouble you with a request that you would be so kind as to come and officiate on the occasion of her funeral. it is proposed that it shall take place on Wednesday the 11 th at 12 aclock. it will be private, her near connections only...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mrs Winn for the Paccan nuts she was so kind as to send him ; which being recieved here, and in the season for planting, he has immediately committed to the earth. he makes his acknolegements also for the flattering terms in which she is pleased to speak of his political conduct; terms far beyond it’s actual merit. he sincerely desires to direct the affairs...
Th: Jefferson salutes mr Winn with friendship & respect, and there being no person now at Monticello to see to the weekly transmission of his mails to this place, he asks the favor of mr Winn to do him that kind office, sending weekly by the Lynchburg mail all letters , the Enquirers , and Niles’s Registers directed to him, and to retain all other newspapers, pamphlets, books or other packets...
I really thought that the assumpsit for mr Bacon had been paid long ago by my grandson to whom I have committed all my affairs, or it should not have laid so long unnoticed. I now inclose you an order on Col o Peyton for that and mr Massie’s debt and salute you with esteem & respect MHi .
I have just recd your note inviting me to join a party of my fellow Citizens in celebrating the anniversary of our Independence at Milton. Notwithstanding the pleasure I should feel in meeting them on such an occasion, I am obliged to forego it by circumstances which have not permitted me to accept a like invitation from another quarter. I can only, therefore return my thanks to the Come & the...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to General Winn and asks the favor of him to take the trouble of recieving the amount of the inclosed order for the use of the academy on Broad river in S. Carolina which mr Pearson informs him the General patronised together with the letter to mr Pearson in answer to that of which the General was the bearer. PrC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso....
The Clothing to be furnished from the several Counties was by a general regulation to be delivered to the Officer stationed at the Rendezvous for receiving the recruits. You are hereby authorized to call a Court Martial for enquiring into any Conduct of Lieut. Nicholas Lewis which may render him obnoxious to the military rules. It would have been more agreable had you stated the Charge...
We learn that you are one of the Judges to attend our district Court the ensuing month. The object of the present is to express my hope that you will come and take your abode with us, during the session, the distance and season of the year favouring my wishes, to which the use of my law books may add something. I shall be happy in such an opportunity of renewing our ancient acquaintance and of...
I recd yesterday yours of the 25th. I wish I could give you a useful answer But my memory affords me no means for it I can say nothing either as to the time of Col. Thorntons entering the military Service or his continuance in it nor can I refer you to any source of information to wch application could be made with a prospect of success. My acquaintance with Col. T. tho’ of the most cordial...
I have been favored with yours of the 18th. but not in time to be acknowledged by the mail of last week. I am not in immediate want of Carriage horses, but probably shall in the course of a year or so. I had contemplated a further use of the pair I have, untill I could provide a large & handsome pair to take their place, and untill I could find in my resources a convenient surplus beyond the...
Your servant has delivered your favor of Novr. Seventy dollars paid in advance, (equa⟨l⟩ to more than 74) is I really think a very high pric⟨e⟩ for a year’s labour of such hands as Charles & Spotswood, and beyond a fair proportion to the better hands. Under existing circumstances ho⟨we⟩ver Eddins is disposed to retain them rather ⟨than?⟩ look out for others. I acquiese therefore in you⟨r⟩...
I promised to let you know within this Month whether it wd. be convenient to hire your negroes now with me for the ensuing year. It was at one time my intention to retain the whole, But the conduct of Chs. & Spotswood has been such of late as to put them out of the question. If you are willing to separate them from the others, making the proper deduction for any loss that may happen from the...
I am very sorry that your Militia by different Orders from a Succession of Persons should have been harrassed with marches to so little purpose. It was not intended by us that they should be called on at all. When I learnt however that they were come into Duty and were at Hanover Courthouse, I thought it best for them to join and remain with General Nelson till he should receive the Militia of...
ALS : American Philosophical Society At length after much Delay and Difficulty I have been able to obtain your Telescope that was made by Mr. Short before his Death. His Brother, who succeeds in the Business, has fitted it up and compleated it. He has followed the Business many Years at Edinburgh, is reckon’d very able, and therefore I hope every thing will be found right; but as it is only...
I am favoured with yours by your son, who has arrived here in good Health. I wish he may be provided for in one of the Ways you mention, because I esteem him deserving of it. The Question of Independence is so vast a Field that I have not Time to enter it, and go any Way in it. Many previous steps are necessary. The Colonies should all assume the Powers of Government in all its Branches first....
ALS : Harvard College Library I received your Favour of the 12th. past, and congratulate you on the Recovery of Mrs. Winthrop and your Children from the Small Pox. Mr. Stiles return’d Æpinus to me sometime since. I must confess I am pleas’d with his Theory of Magnetism. Perhaps I receive it the more readily on Account of the Relation he has given it to mine of Electricity. But there is one...
Reprinted from The Columbian Centinel , July 30, 1825. I duly received your favour of October 26, with 52 s. for the Royal Society. I lately found one of the last volumes of the Transactions among my books with your name in it. I had some doubts, whether I had not sent you mine instead of it, believing I had dispatched it long before. But recollecting that mine were gone to Philadelphia, I am...
MS not found; reprinted from American Autograph Shop, American Clipper (Merion Station, Pa.), December 1935, p. 171. Mr. Short’s Remarks were only in a Letter of his to me. I now send you the Original. You will observe that the Perallax [Parallax] mentioned in this, differs from that I sent you; But this was in the Beginning of February, the other he gave me in August; and I suppose had been...
ALS (draft): Library of Congress I received your kind Letter of Feb. 28. which gave me great Pleasure. I forwarded your Letter to Dr. Price, who was well lately, but his Friends, on his Acct., were under some Apprehensions from the Violence of Government, in consequence of his late excellent Publications in favour of Liberty. I wish all the Friends of Liberty and Man would quit that Sink of...
Your Favour of June the first is now before me. It is now universally acknowledged that we are, and must be independant states. But Still Objections are made to a Declaration of it. It is said, that such a Declaration, will arouse and unite Great Britain. But are they not already aroused and united, as much as they will be? Will not such a Declaration, arouse and unite the Friends of Liberty,...
Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D., F.R.S., &c. (quarto edition, 3 vols., London, 1817–18), III , 370–4. You must needs think the time long that your instruments have been in hand. Sundry circumstances have occasioned the delay. Mr. Short, who undertook to make the telescope, was long in a bad state of health, and much in...
I do myself the Honour of writing you, a very few Lines, just for the Sake of introducing to you, the Gentlemen who compose a Committee of this Congress, who are to consult with your Honorable Board, about a Plan for continuing the Army. I conjecture that the Reduction of the Pay of the private Soldiers, and the Introduction of Some Gentlemen from other Colonies, into the Service as officers...
Your Letter by your son I have not received, but I hope to have that Pleasure soon together with that of waiting upon him here. Your Brothers Right to the Office you mention cannot be questioned, but whether the Court will appoint two, and who they will be I can form no Conjecture, having never had any Conversation with any Gentleman upon that Subject. An Application was indeed made to me, in...
ALS : Massachusetts Historical Society I find among my Papers a Letter of yours, dated Dec. 7. 1769, which I must have had some Months in my Hands; and tho’ I think I have answered it, I am not certain; a Multiplicity of Business during the late Sessions of Parliament having occasioned a Forgetting of some Circumstances. It will only be a little unnecessary Labour if I answer it again. I did...
ALS (letterbook draft): American Philosophical Society I have received by Mr. Marchant the 52 s. you sent by him. I hope you received the Transactions for 1770. A new Volume is expected soon, which I shall forward by the first Opportunity. The enclos’d I have just receiv’d from Dr. Price, into whose Hands I put your Paper, which he has now return’d to me. Let me know if you would have me give...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I did myself the Honour of writing you a few Lines the 20th of February last inclosing a Piece of Dr. Pringle’s on the Subject of Fiery Meteors which he sent you on hearing your ingenious Account of one lately appearing in New England read to the Royal Society. This is chiefly to cover my Friend Mr. Kennicott’s Papers relating to the Hebrew Bible, and to...
ALS (letterbook draft): Library of Congress I received your Favours of March 4 and April 19. Mr. Danforth paid me the 52 s. you sent by him. The Vol. of Transactions I think went in a Trunk that I sent to Mr. Jonathan Williams. I hope you receiv’d it safe. Mr. Danforth has succeeded in obtaining his Patent. I hope it will prove serviceable to himself as well as the Publick. Dr. Priestly is now...
The Bearers of this are two young Gentlemen from Maryland. Aquilla Hall and Josias Carvill Hall, both of one of the best Families in Maryland, and both of independent Fortunes. Their Errand to Cambridge, is to join our Army as Volunteers, against the Enemies of their Country in order to gain Experience, in the Art of War, in which they have already made good Proficiency. As it is of importance...
I have rejoiced to see Ritchie declare himself in favor of the President on the late attack against him, and wish he may do the same as to mr Gallatin . I am sure he would if his information was full. I have not an intimacy with him which might justify my writing to him directly, but the inclosed letter to you is put into such a form as might be shewn to him, if you think proper to do so....
Your favor of July 24. came to hand on the 31 st and I will proceed to answer your enquiries, in the order they are presented, as far as I am able. I have no doubt that the 5 th of the Rhode island resolutions, of which you have sent me a copy , is exactly the one erased from our journals. the mr Lee s, and especially Richard Henry , who was industrious, had a close correspondence, I know,...
It would require a longer letter than my health enables me to write, to detail to you the obstacles which have so long delayed the transmission to you of the papers of Gen l Kosciuzko. ill health on my part has had it’s share, unsuccessful efforts to withdraw the original will in the General’s own handwriting from the court in which it was recorded, and other untoward obstacles, have never...
I have been laying under contribution my memory, my private papers, the printed records, gazettes & pamphlets in my possession to answer the enquiries of your letter of July 27. and I will give you the result as correctly as I can. I kept no copy of the paper I sent you on a former occasion , on the same subject, nor do I retain an exact recollection of it’s contents. but if in that I stated...
Your Sketches of the life of Mr Henry have given me a rich Entertainment. I will not compare them to the Sybil conducting Eneas to the Regions below to see the Ghosts of departed Sages and Heroes: but to an Angel convoying me to the abodes of the blessed on high to converse with the Spirits of just Men made perfect. The Names of Henry, Lee, Bland Pendleton Washington Rutledge Wythe Dickenson...
Your letter dated the 27 th is recieved, & shall be communicated to mr Carr to remove the impressions of a former one to him. the object of the present is merely to observe that mr Rodney’s letter was not inclosed in it as was intended. I write by this post to mr Tazewell . Affectionate salutations. PoC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ. A letter from Wirt to TJ of 16 July...
Among some queries you addressed to me some time ago, was one on the case of Josiah Philips , which happened early in the revolution. not aware that the propriety of the proceeding in that case had been questioned and reprehended, my answer was general on that query. an application from another quarter having informed me of the doubts which have been expressed on it, I have bestowed more...
My letters of Jan. 5. and Nov. 10. of the last year had informed you generally that Gen l Kosciuzko had left a considerable sum of money in the funds of the US. and had, by a will deposited in my hands, disposed of to a charitable purpose: & I asked the favor of your opinion in what court the will should be proved. according to that opinion, expressed in your favor of Dec. 28. I proved the...
I recieved your 3 d parcel of sheets just as I was leaving Poplar Forest , and have read them with the usual pleasure. they relate however to the period of time exactly, during which I was absent in Europe . consequently I am without knolege of the facts they state. indeed they are mostly new history to me.   on the subject of style they are not liable to the doubts I hazarded on the 1 st...
I have the pleasure to inform you that by the unanimous vote of the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, you have been appointed Professor of the school of law in that institution. to no one I can assure you is that appointment more gratifying than to myself. and I may further say with truth, and for your satisfaction that your name was among the first which occurred to some of...
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly respects to mr Wirt , and incloses him an order on Gibson & Jefferson for 50.D. for the kindness of his services in the suit of Scott against him. he is anxious it should be forced on at the first calling that he may be rid of the obligation which the purchaser required of him. he salutes mr Wirt with friendship & respect. PoC ( MHi ); dateline at foot of...
Th: Jefferson with his friendly salutations to mr Wirt sends him some short Notes on the several queries suggested in his letter of the 9 th inst. RC ( MdHi , 1944); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “William Wirt esquire Richmond”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Wirt. PoC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: enclosure to TJ to James Madison, 20 Aug. 1810 . Other enclosure printed below.
Your’s of Oct. 23. was recieved here on the 31 st with the last sheets of your work. they found me engaged in a business which could not be postponed and have therefore been detained longer than I wished. on the subject of our antient aristocracy, I believe I have said nothing which all who knew them will not confirm, and which their reasonable descendants may not learn from every quarter. it...