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A Ship for Philadelphia sailing to morrow gives me the opportunity to transmit you the papers of the Day too interesting not to be acceptable The reigning Spirrit appears determin’d on a change in that part of the Constitution that delagated the Executive Power in an Hereditary Chief, The short space that has Elapst since the existence of his Power has demonstrated the Vice of that...
It is in common practise before an old Servant is dismist to assign to him some mark of disapprobation or to thank him for his past attentive Services, also to discharge the Sums due him, or provide for him a decent retreat. Publick Bodies are not to be supposed to know private chains unless situated in a line to reflect lustre. This Letter being intended as a private personal representation,...
I am this day honor’d with your favor of the 16 September. I am happy to find that the affairs of America are in a state to fix a permanent line of reimbursement, becoming thereby truly independent. Notwithstanding the weight of opossion against the leading members of the National Assembly, the steddy perseverance of the few and the effectual support of the Marquis deLafayette in whose hands...
The great and Urgent wants of this Nation, occation’d by the faileur of the two last Crops of wheat, creates dreadful Alarms, to this add the low State of the finnances, occation’d by the Great Revolution effecting; for the two last six months few have paid the Usual Tax’s, that the Treasury is exhausted, this forces the National Assembly to extraordinary exertions, to avert the ill...
Bordeaux, 22 Sep. 1789 . A small ship from Alexandria arrived the day before consigned to Fenwick, Mason & Co., but Mason informs him he is instructed to “send her back with all diligence and that he proposes her to Sail in Eight days”; hence there is no time for TJ to take her.—“They write from Virginia the Crop of Wheat is very abundant that the Indian Corn promises favorable in which case...
Bordeaux, 8 Sep. 1789 . Since his of 5th he has received TJ’s of 8th. —No vessels there bound for “the middle States except the Packet” that sails 15th.—“You leave france in a troubled sea. They have undertaken a great work renderd difficult by the Jarr of Interets, Opinions and unsettled Measures. The leading Members dont appear to act on United principles. Your Council is become necessary. I...
Bordeaux, 5 Sep. 1789 . New York packet will sail from hence 15th.—“The Crop of wheat has proved very short of our wants. We must have recourse to foreign Supplies. Some Expeditions are forming from hence and orders are sent by owners of ships belonging to this port now in the West Indies to proceed from thence to different states on the Continent to take in their Loadings of wheat or flour,...
A ship sailing in the morning as it interests you to know the state of the Nation. I have the pleasure to advice you that the appearances promises perfect accomplishment of the Revolution. All the Chiefs in opposition are fled. The National assembly proceed, and are advand in the Ground Work of the Constition, the most Liberal that to this has been held out to any Social Body, not Excepting...
Bordeaux, 11 July 1789 . Has received TJ’s of 27th by Cutting.—“I have introduced that Gentleman to Mr. Streickeysen.” The sum owed the latter by South Carolina “will be a bar to impower in a Stranger the means of recovery. The State hath named a Commissioner for receiving the proceeds of Tax’s appropriated to the discharge of their foreign Debt. The Commissioner has already made a...
Bordeaux, 23 May 1789 . Eight vessels have arrived from America within “these few Days”: 3 from Georgia and Carolina with rice, tobacco, and skins; 2 from Virginia with tobacco and flour; and 3 from Maryland with wheat, flour, and tobacco. Wheat and flour much wanted. More cargoes daily expected. Want of shipping will retard them, “but these supplies will serve to prevent appearances too well...