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Richmond, March 20, 1787. Acknowledges receipt of a circular letter from Hamilton, James Duane, and William Duer concerning proposed alterations in the “Institution” of the Society of the Cincinnati and states that it will be reported to the next meeting of the state society. ALS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Bland wrote in his capacity as vice president of the Virginia Society...
The letter from the delegation to your Excellency will apprize you of the Situation of Public affairs at this time, and of our endeavors to promote every thing that can give energy to the operations of the Army in defense of our distressed Country. I should not therefore have troubled your Excellency with the perusal of this which relates to myself did not my own peculiar Situation render it...
I understand that you are one of this most active promoters of that valuable institution, expected ere long to be established in your neighborhood, the Virginia University. I have a son, who is now fifteen years of age, and is pretty well advanced in the Greek, Latin, and French languages; and is very ambitious of becoming a good scholar; in which I have resolved to gratify him as far as I can...
Yr. Excellency will I hope excuse the liberty I take to Introduce to you the Marquis de La Valle and the Count de Guistine two Noblemen of distinction the latter a Brigadier in the Army of France and the former a Colonel—of the House of Montmorenci—they have been introduced to me by the Minister of France and the Marquis de la Fayette. I doubt not but that the Civilities they will meet with...
Having been inform’d that since your Excellencys Appointment to the Government of this Commonwealth your residence will be chiefly, if not entirely at the seat of Government, You will pardon me if (tempted by the perpetual view of your delightfull Seat from my lowly and I may say Dirty Cottage) I should venture to ask a preference should you be disposed to permit any other than your own family...
Mr. Walker, who sets off to Virginia tomorrow, affords us this opportunity of Enclosing your Excellency a Copy of a letter Presented to us the 16th Inst. together with a Copy of our Answer, concerning the affair of the Indiana Company. It may not be improper to Inform Your Excellency and, (through Your Excellency) the Legislature who we suppose may be now Siting, that every art has been and...
A French officer of the name of Dubuisson a Colonel in our Army and formerly aid to the Baron Du Kalb who was wounded in the Action near Cambden and taken Prisoner, has requested me to enclose the Contents of this to Your Excellency, which will fully explain his desire. Your Excellency, will be pleased to do in the affair, what you think Justice, Humanity and Policy dictate, and will be so...
Some overtures having been made to Congress, through Mr. Jay our Commissioner at the Court of Madrid, for Building Frigates in America for and on account of his Catholic Majesty and the Proposals having been referred to the Admiralty to Confer with the Navy Boards of the Eastern and Middle district and obtain from them estimates of what would be the Cost of a frigate of forty Guns, and there...
[ Philadelphia, 17 Dec. 1780. Burnett, Letters of Members , v, No. 537, note 5, quotes from a letter of this date written by Theodorick Bland to TJ introducing “the Marquis de La Valle and the Count de Guistine,” who had been introduced to Bland by La Luzerne and Lafayette. Burnett’s source was a “Copy, from the original, in possession of the Carnegie Institution [of Washington],” but neither...
The Delegates some time ago transmitted to Your Excellency officially an account of their application to the Minister of France to interpose his interest with Monsr. de Ternay to induce him to detach a frigate of the Fr: Squadron at Rhode Island, to convey the Arms belonging to our state which came in the Comite, thither in safety. Since which my Personal application, singly, has been...