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I should be insensible to the marked & distinguished notice, you have been pleased to take of me, in nominating me, as one of the foreign ministers of the united States, did I not avail myself of the earliest opportunity, to thank you for your condescension & politeness, in thus thinking of me.— Should it Sir, not meet the sanction of the Senate or should I, from ill-health, or other cause,...
I last Evening, recd. your polite Letter of the 10th. instant, accompanying the President’s Commission to me, as Minister plenipotentiary for the united States, at the Court of his Catholic Majesty: Whilst I feel gratitude to the President for this pub[l]ic mark of his confidence & favour, I am to thank you, Sir, for the polite manner, in which you have acquainted me with the appointment....
I had the honour duely to receive your Letter of the 1st. Ulto., & should have ’eer this acknowledged its rect., had I not have entertained the expectation of soon paying my respects to you at Washington. I had, for this purpose, made the necessary preparations, & expected, this day, to have set out upon the Journey. But I am compelled, very reluctantly, to acquaint you, that such has been the...
I had the honour to receive your obliging Letter of the 15 instant the last Evening, & am to thank you for the polite & friendly manner, in wch., you have conceded to the proposition contained in my Letter of the 4th. instant: since writing that Letter, I have had recourse to a Wheel-carriage for exercise, & have found it so much to disagree with me, that I have, for the present, been obliged...
I cannot resist, Sir, the disposition which I feel of writing to you, from the renewed instance of your politeness & condescension, in readily dispensing with my attendance at Washington, from motives, which refer to my Health: this indulgence, rather than to accept of my Resignation, demands from me my most respectful acknowledgments; and you will permit me upon the occasion to present you...
I had the honour to duely receive your obliging Letter of the 14th. instant, & am extremely sorry, that altho’ much better in health, that I do not think myself sufficiently re-established to allow of my immeadiately proceeding to Washington, so as to be there within the time suggested in your Letter. I hope Sir, that you will not consider this determination in any other light, than as...
Since I had the honour of writing to you on the 26th. Ulto., I have had a return of my complaint, which has abundantly proved the prudence of not having undertaken the Journey to Washington, as I could have wished: my indisposition was however but short, & I consider myself at present, much better than I have been for these three months past. I am now more particularly to acquaint you, that my...
I have the honour to acknowledge the rect. of your Letter of the 20th. Ultimo with its enclosures viz: The President’s official Letter of introduction to his catholic Majesty dated on the 20th. Ultimo: the note of the marquis de Yrujo & your answer thereto, dated on the 4th. of April last the marquis Semeruelos’s Letter dated Havana the 20th June 1804: Josiah Blakely’s Letters of the 20th. of...
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 27th. Ultimo: & I regret extremely that such has been the State of my health, as not to allow of my proceeding to Washington, to receive the pleasure of being more intimately known to you Sir, & to the Gentlemen assisting you in the heavy burdens of government; as well as to derive those advantages so justly suggested in your...
I have received information that measures, imposing serious restrictions on our navigation and commerce, are taking in the North of Europe, with a view to guard against the disorder called the yellow fever. It is represented that these restrictions are likely to be generally extended in that quarter thro’ the means of a concert, promoted by one of the most influential powers and it is probable...