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On my return from New Orleans , a few days ago, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 13 th of November . It had remained in the Post office, at this place, during my absence, which was protracted, far beyond my calculations, by the illness & death of an intimate friend who had solicited me to witness his last moments— The constant expectation of receiving an answer to your...
Since my return from Washington, I have made very particular inquiries respecting a Skull found near the Big Bone Lick, resembling those which were discovered, 70 or 80 years ago, in Siberia, & which were supposed by Naturalists, to belong to Animals of the Ox kind . I am happy that I can now assure you, that the information which I communicated to you , on that subject, last winter, was...
I am informed, that my friend D r Bache will be a candidate for the chair of chemistry, in the University of Virginia, which is about to be organized. Having lately had the pleasure of attending one of the Doctors Lectures, in this City, I feel it my duty to state that the neatness of his Exp ts & the clear arrangment of his subject as well as the perspecuity of his language brought to my...
M r Poindexter has obligingly offered to carry you a small package of Guinea Grass seed & a species of Capsicum indigenous in the province of Taxas . For all I know on the subject of Guinea Grass I take the liberty of referring you to a communication I have just made to the Editor of the Archives of Useful knowledge—It is highly probable, however, that you are much better acquainted with it...
I ought, perhaps, to apologise for the liberty I have taken in enclosing to you the Memoir on Nitre & Gun Powder at a time when the important concerns of Government are likely to engage so much of your attention. As the Secretary of the Navy, however, did me the honor to ask my opinion concerning the probable causes of the defects of those articles I was desirous of evincing my readiness to...
The letter you did me the honor of writing me, in March last , I intended to have answered long since; & to enable me to do so, the more to your satisfaction, I took the earliest opportunities of informing General Clarke & several other gentlemen, who had been the companions of his youthful campaigns, of the illiberal attack made on you, by the Attorney General of Maryland. I have defered...
It is expected by a great majority of the Citizens of Kentucky that Mr Samuel McDowell, who is Marshall for this District will not continue to hold that important & lucrative Office. Whether the Marshall himself has been guilty of improper conduct, as an Officer or not, remains doubtful; but it is most unquestionable that his Brothers, who were his Deputies, have repeatedly exacted large sums...
Some time ago I had written a letter of considerable length explanatory of my conduct during the disturbances which agitated this City in the Winter of 1806 & 7. But recollecting how disgusting such communications must have been to you I destroyed my letter & waited for the developement of circumstances which I had no doubt would expose the guilty & do ample justice to injured innocence. The...
Your letters of the 17 th & 24 th ult. arrived by the last mail & having just obtained a large supply of the Capsicum, it gives me great pleasure to transmit some of it, to you, in time for planting—That which I planted this spring is just coming up—the plants of last season are loaded with pods & will continue to bear both blossoms & fruit until December or january if protected from the...
The enclosed address to the Secretary of State I received from the Writer Mr John Hoskins under his Letter to me dated at Paris in October last. In complyance with Whose request I now use the freedom to transmit the address and to observe that Mr Hoskins is a Native of this Town but at present and for Several Years immediatly past has resided in France and I beg leave to add Sir for Your...