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Letter not found. August 1811. Mentioned in Astor to Jefferson, 14 Mar. 1812 (DLC: Jefferson Papers) as an application to the president for permission to import from St. Joseph’s goods purchased for the Indian trade which were being excluded from the U.S. by the Nonintercourse Act. JM apparently replied that Congress had left no power with the executive to grant permission.
I am induced to take the liberty of addressing you, from a belief that it will afford you some satisfaction to be informed of the progress which has been made in carrying on a trade with the Indians, which at it’s commencement was favoured with your approbation. Since I had the pleasure of speaking to you first at Washington concerning it, my constant study has been to attain the object; and...
Mr. Parrishes Reply to the proposition to A purchas in the Loan was only yesterday Reced and I am Sorry to Say that tho he Says he Should Leik to be engagd yet he must Decline b[e]cause he See no provability of a Speedy arrangement for Peace and he is of opinion that not more than 2 or 3 Millions could be raisd in Philadelphia and that at not Less than 7 pct. In consequence of his Declining...
22 June 1813, New York. Sends “a hat Choosing by Mrs. Gallatin which he prays Mrs. Madison to accept as a Mark of her kind Remberenans of her frie[n]d Mr. Astor—who has Learnt with Deep Regreet the Indisposition of Mr. Madison and who most fervently prays to kind Providence to Restore him to hea[l]th & to continue a blessing to his Country.” RC ( CtY ). 2 pp.
From a belive that the merrits of the undertaking of the american furr company may not have ben Perfectly understood in as much as the Same is Rather abstract from genral Buisness. I tak the Liberty to Sumit to you a Sctch thereof in order that you may read it when at Laisure and thereby be better enabled to judge of its Merits and the Importanes of the objects embraced in it. It is well known...
From the corect view which you had of the Importancs of my undertaking Relative to the trade in the Indian country and Particularly our establishment near the mouth of Columbia River I am Lead to belive that it would have afortd you pleasure to have heard of our Sucess which I had hopes to have Comunicated to you & which I Should have had in my Power to have Done had we not fallen a Sacrifics...
¶ From John Jacob Astor. Letter not found. 1 October 1814, New York. Offered for sale in Julia Sweet Newman catalog no. 209 (1966), item 7, where it is described as an autograph letter, signed.
I had the Honnor to Rive your letter of the 29 ulto in which you are pleased To express a wish that I would Remit to Mr. Gallatin on your account A Bill on Paris for 338 Francs—which I will Do on my Return to new york and of which I will have the pleasure to Transmit to you an account. I have the Honnor to be Most Respectfully Sir your obtd Humbl Servt PS. Would you have the goodness to...