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Relying upon your benevolence and the honesty of my own intentions, I take courage to address you again. When I requested your opinions on the expediency of receding Georgetown to Maryland, I frankly confess, it was with the design of influencing public sentiment, in case of recieving a favorable answer. I feel so warmly interested in this good cause, that I omit no means that are honourable,...
Capt. Payne informed me some Time last spring that you would be so good as to let me have a Ram of your Cape breed of Sheep. In consequence of my having been from home for several Weeks past, I fear I may have defered too long sending for him; If not you will let Abram the bearer hereof, have such as you can spare. Respectfully yr. Most obt. St RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM. This was Dolley...
I have the honor to submit for your consideration, a draft of the instructions prepared to be sent to the Commissioners appointed to treat with the Chickasaw Indians. I have the honor to be, most respectfully, Sir, your Obt. Servant. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
Permit me to apologize for the liberty thus taken in addressing you on a subject of considerable importance—which requires a prompt decision provided you feel duly authorized to apply the remedy. Great abuses exist in the management of the militia of Penna. Whether these arise from defects in the laws—in the orders given for their execution, or, in the improper construction of either—must be...
If the liberty so frequently taken in addressing you privately, on subjects of national concern, had proceeded from vanity or selfishness, I could not indulge a hope that they would meet with a favorable reception. But an earnest desire to promote the public welfare governing all my communications I am again encouraged to address a few observations to you on the subject of our present fiscal...
Cherishing an anxious sollicitude that the welfare of our country, and your reputation should rest on the same permanent basis I take the liberty of submitting a few observations to your consideration. Communications from members of the state legislature of Penna. and information variously derived elsewhere compells me to believe that any peace concluded with Britain short of the cession of...
A project of finance, addressed to you in this days Intr. induces me to offer a few observations upon that project & the plan already submitted. The project there offered adopts in part the plan formerly proposed. But it connects with it an extensive banking operation, from whose beneficent influences it calculates on providing for the national expenditures, in times of public pressure—on...
The aim of the present address, will, I trust, be a sufficient apology for the intrusion. If the scheme it proposes shall be deemed either dangerous or impracticable, it will only subject you to the trouble of perusing it. It has always been the opinion of the subscriber—that the measures of our government should be calculated to afford security to the basis on which it ought to rest—the free...
I hope you will pardon this intrusion in the midst of those momentuous affairs which must now press upon your attention. At the request of Mr. Lloyd I now address you in his behalf. I have witnessed some experiments on his late discovery. I presume not on being competent to decide its merit. But it appears to me worthy of a full & fair trial. As, either in the army or navy, it might be...
Disapproving of the selection for appointment to office from the members of the house of representatives in Congress, for reasons which have hitherto been satisfactory to my mind, the scenes I have witnessed here have not diminished the force of the objections which offer against that mode of selection. From a late application, made to me as a representative in that body, from Penna., in...