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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...
Had I been able to convine the Trustees of the Transilvania University on an earlier day, I should have replied to your very interesting Letter relative to the Tax on Books, long before this time. But the absence of some of the Board & the natural supineness of others, prevented them from taking a vote on your propositions before last week. I am, however, happy to inform you, now , that all...
The last mail from Catahoula brought me The enclosed Letter from Judge Lewis which seems to close all prospect of obtaining the information you wished from the papers of M r Henderson. From the statement of the time of his Death, I am disposed to beleive, that your communication of may last never reached him but has probably been returned to the General Post office, from that of Catahoula...
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...
I hope that the small package of Capsicum, which I sent you, a few weeks ago, has arrived in safety—You may even a month hence be very certain of obtaining Plants which, with a little care, can be preserved through the Winter & which will yeild fruit before the last of May—I now send you as much as you will be able to use until that time—The Spaniards generally use it in fine Powder & seldom...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I have now the honour of transmitting Mr. Cathcarts Bill drawn in my favour for fifteen hundred Dollars, which amount I request that you will be pleased to direct to be reimbursed to me here. I am with Great respect Sir Your most humble Servant. DNA : RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.
I recd. your letter of July 9th by yesterday’s mail & am very sorry to inform you that Mr Irvill’s collection of Bones was removed from Natchez a few hours before I arrived there from New orleans so that I have not yet had the satisfaction of examining it—Judge Rodney & Dr Seip, an intelligent Physician of Natchez, who saw part of the collection, assure me that Dr Wistars ideas of its...
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...
I take the liberty of transmitting to you by Mr. Fowler the Skull & lower Jaw of an Animal whose species, I believe, is unknown to the Hunters & Naturalists of the western Country—It was discovered, some weeks ago, in the Great Salt Petre cave on Rock castle, covered with several feet of dry Earth. I have requested the Workmen to make diligent search for the remaining Bones of the Skeleton...
22 July 1802, Boston. Has received JM’s letter of 12 July [not found] with appointment as commissioner of bankruptcy for the district of Massachusetts but declines, “as the attention to be given to my existing engagements does not admit of my devoting the portion of time which appears to be requisite.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, LRD , 1789–1827, filed under “Brown”). 1 p.; docketed by Brent as received...
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...
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...
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...
Your Letter was handed to me by Mr. Thruston, the Matter therein contained was new to me; I find myself hurt that Mr. Jefferson should have been Attacked with so much Virulence on a Subject which I know he was not Author of, but except a few Mistakes of Names of Person & Places, the Story is substantially true; I was of the first and last of the active Officers who bore the Weight of that War,...
I beleive I have obtained such information respecting the Freezing Cave as will enable you to find it. It is thirty miles from Winchester, two miles from the Road leading from that town to Romney, on the North River of Cape Capon. Mr. White, who gave Mr. Strickland an account of this curiosity, says he has seen it and examined it with much attention. Impressed, however, with an Idea, that the...